In a move to support truckers trying to utilize Pennsylvania rest areas, Drivewyze has just added Pennsylvania rest area “open and closed alerts” to its Drivewyze Safety Notifications service. Drivewyze Safety Notification alerts are available as a free service to carriers subscribed to the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service. The alerts will automatically pop up starting today, March 24, for those who have already activated the service.
“Finding safe places to park within mandated Hours of Service rules is a daily challenge for drivers,” said Brian Heath, CEO of Drivewyze. “Keeping track of which sites are open or closed on the road adds to that stress. We know truckers work long hours to delivers essential goods – they keep food coming in, in a moment in time where shelves can barely be stocked. They need help on the road to do that. To help alleviate this, the Drivewyze team has added a temporary open/closed safety alert for PennDOT rest areas to help drivers stay aware and plan ahead.”
The rest area notifications will be displayed for the duration of COVID-19 emergency, so long as PennDOT rest area parking is limited. The notification format will be familiar to drivers already receiving similar Drivewyze safety notifications.
“The Drivewyze team is committed to improving highway safety and our connected truck platform is a tool drivers and fleets can rely on to deliver critical in-cab services where and when drivers need them,” said Heath. “State agencies are being challenged by the COVID-19 crisis to maintain essential services for the trucking industry. We saw a safety need to keep drivers aware of these realities at all 46 rest areas in Pennsylvania, eliminating any confusion over the open or closed status of each site, and giving drivers enough time to use that information in their own planning”
The alerts signal “rest area open” or “rest area closed” when an inbound trucker is both 25 and 5 miles out.