Trucking news and briefs for Friday, June 12, 2020:
Drivewyze adds Iowa rest areas, truck stops to parking alerts
Iowa has joined the list of states that are now included in Drivewyze’s Parking Alerts, a free service for Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass subscribers.
The system will alert drivers if a rest area is open or closed and also provide the number of parking spots available. In addition, Drivewyze is providing the number of parking spaces available at select truck stops and other locations that offer truck parking in Iowa.
A total of 22 Iowa locations with more than 500 parking spots along I-80, I-35 and I-29 are in the Drivewyze system.
Drivers will receive in-cab notifications when they are 25 miles out from a location, then the information will be updated again when they are 5 miles out.
Trailer rental/lease pool growth milestone, in a tough time
The XTRA Lease trailer rental and lease company list is seeing new orders coming off the production line following a 4,000-trailer order for 2020. With trucking and the wider economy suffering an unparalleled dip due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is still adding a mix of new trailers, which will arrive at each of the company’s nearly 50 rental locations throughout the year. They will include:
- 53-foot dry vans
- 53-, 48- and 28-foot liftgate vans
- A select set of 53-foot reefers, and 53- and 48-foot liftgate reefers
All vans and reefers will have fuel-saving aerodynamic side skirts, low rolling-resistance tires and trailer tracking units to help fleets and operators improve utilization and lower costs. Each dry van will also be equipped with a cargo sensor.