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Due to Coronavirus, Drivewyze adds Pennsylvania rest areas to safety notifications

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Drivewyze has just added Pennsylvania rest area “open and closed alerts” to its Drivewyze Safety Notifications service.

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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 March 24 for those who have already activated the service.

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.

“State agencies are being challenged by the COVID-19 crisis to maintain essential services for the trucking industry,” said Brian Heath, chief executive officer of Drivewyze. “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. “This takes away the guesswork and stress of not knowing—giving truckers time to find another stop if that rest area is closed,” said Heath.

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