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DHL Holds Company's Third Annual Driver Safety Rodeo


DHL Holds Company's Third Annual Driver Safety Rodeo

- 800+ company drivers participated in five months of safety competitions

- 29 finalists convened for final Smith System-partnered competition in St. Charles, Illinois

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PLANTATION, Fla., Aug. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven by its commitment to safety, DHL, the world's leading international express services provider, recently concluded the company's third annual Safe-Driving Rodeo Competition, a five-month long safety contest that included hundreds of drivers. DHL tapped Smith System, the premier organization in driving safety, to be its judge for the third year.

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The competition culminated on August 30 but began March 1 with DHL couriers nationwide. More than 820 couriers volunteered to be part of the ongoing, real-time test of defensive driving skills. Central to the competition was GPS-based Geotab monitoring. The system keeps real-time, "real-street" tabs on couriers' driving habits so that they get immediate reinforcement on how to fine-tune driving behaviors where needed. The competition has been such a success the past two years that DHL expanded participation and allowed the 29 top couriers in the competition to compete in the finals, compared with 15 finalists in 2017.

On August 30, the 29 courier finalists competed in the final leg of the safety rodeo in St. Charles, Ill. It included freeway driving, city street driving, vehicle inspection and a safe-driving written exam that Smith System administered. All finalists received prizes that included sports-styled jackets. The U.S. Rodeo winner, Philadelphia-based Carl Timmerman, was recognized by DHL management at a reception in St. Charles.

"The annual DHL Rodeo competition allows us to encourage safe, efficient driving through a stimulating and rewarding competition for our couriers," said Clare Carr, DHL Express U.S. Director of Safety. "By monitoring and assessing couriers' driving performances for several consecutive months, we are able to achieve and surpass our goals of fewer accidents on the road and higher safety scores."

The Smith System's five rules for safe driving figure prominently in the competition. They are: aim high in steering, get the big picture, keep your eyes moving, leave yourself an out and make sure they see you.

"Every year, participation in the DHL safety rodeo increases. We know from past years that the competition plays a strong role in helping us promote safer driving habits among our couriers," said Cain Moodie, SVP of U.S. Network Operations, DHL Express U.S. "We're very proud of our winner, of course, but the real winners are our customers and the other drivers on the road."

Media Contact:
DHL Express Americas
Media Relations
Robert Mintz
Phone: +1 425 984 4249

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