A record number of travelers are expected to drive to Memorial Day holiday destinations to celebrate the unofficial start to summer.

Joining them will be thousands of do-it-yourself movers heading to new hometowns and professional truck drivers, working hard to keep the supply chain moving.

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With the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season just a month away, now is the time to get ready for potential storms, as preparation is key to keeping you and your property safe.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5-11, provides an opportunity to review your safety plans and make any changes long before a storm arrives.

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Road construction and maintenance projects are the keys to maintaining healthy roadways. Yet, these work zones can provide challenges to drivers.

New speed limits, traffic patterns and rights of way, as well as worker and vehicle movement, can all impact work zone safety.

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15-19, shines a spotlight on ways drivers can keep themselves as well as work zone workers safe.

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For millions of drivers – including many Penske DIY movers and professional truck drivers, anticipation is building for Monday’s first visible total solar eclipse in seven years.

During the solar eclipse, the daytime sky is set to darken in parts of the country as the Moon passes in front of the Sun and casts its shadow to fall on the Earth.

Yet, experts like AAA are urging drivers to take extra safety precautions and avoid the strong temptation to try and catch a glimpse of the eclipse while driving.

Fascination has long surrounded the dance of celestial bodies jockeying for position in the daytime sky.

The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. occurred in 2017 and was viewed by an estimated 215 million people – or 88% of the population, according to NASA.

With the solar eclipse’s path over North America estimated to be between 108 and 122 miles wide this year, the eclipse will pass over more cities and densely populated areas than in 2017, increasing the number of potential viewers.

Coming to a View Near You?

Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PT, according to NASA.

The path of the eclipse will leave Mexico and enter the U.S. in Texas. From there it will travel through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The eclipse will enter Canada in Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. The eclipse will exit continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NT.

Whether viewers are in the path of totality - where the Moon mostly blocks the Sun revealing just the outer atmosphere - or in locations revealing less of the eclipse, experts encourage everyone to take steps to protect their vision.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests wearing eclipse glasses with certified solar filters, making a pinhole viewer to watch the eclipse indirectly or viewing a live stream of the eclipse.

Driving During the Eclipse

Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel during the eclipse, but if you do plan to drive, AAA offers these tips:

  • Keep headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Do NOT pull over to the side of the road, highway or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians who may be walking around with their eyes on the sky.

If you miss out on Monday’s solar eclipse, take heart. The next total solar eclipse will be visible in Montana and North Dakota in August 2044. However, NASA predicts the next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will not occur until 2045.

For more information about the total solar eclipse, visit NASA’s website.

By the Move Ahead Staff

Temperatures are not the only things expected to rise this spring and summer. Soon, more do-it-yourself movers will begin to share the road with professional truck drivers.

The added vehicles on the roadway are among the distractions all drivers face and challenge their ability to remain safe when behind the wheel.

April has been designated as Distracted Driving Month to educate drivers about distractions and how to practice good distracted-driving safety habits.

We have assembled tips from AAA as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to help keep motorists, movers and professional drivers safe when sharing the road.

Any situation that competes with a driver’s attention on the road can be considered a distraction to driving.Some examples include talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.

AAA suggests drivers adjust things like seats, mirrors and climate controls before starting your journey. Avoid the temptation to reach for possessions that may roll around by storing them away.

Eat meals or snacks before you start your trip. If you decide to eat while driving, avoid messy foods that can take your attention away from driving.

If pets and children need your attention, pull over safely and resist the temptation to reach into the back seat, which can cause you to lose control.

For professional truck drivers, distractions can come from inside and outside their truck cabs.

While passing buildings or billboards, drivers could become distracted and suffer a momentary lack of focus.

Penske offers these additional distracted driving tips:

  • Turn off all unnecessary devices.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Don't multitask
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Drive defensively

By taking steps to minimize driving distractions, no matter how small, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road.

By Move Ahead Staff

A new year can bring several unknowns, especially in transportation and logistics, which are navigating increased volatility and operational pressures. To help those within the industry prepare for the year ahead, we sat down with several industry experts to get their thoughts on capacity, operations, sustainability and how to prepare for 2024.

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Penske Logistics today announced the appointment of Jeff Jackson as its new president in advance of the planned retirement of Marc Althen. Jackson is a longtime Penske leader with more than 28 years of experience in the transportation industry.

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Penske Logistics professional truck driver Tom Warters is one of 36 finalists for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) America’s Road Team. PJ Singh is nearing completion of his two-year team representing Penske. America’s Road Team, a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records, was created in 1986 to represent the trucking industry.

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Tracy Urbanski, vice president of sales for Penske Logistics, has received the 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. The award honors female supply chain leaders who set a strong foundation for women at all levels of a company’s supply chain.

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With Tropical Storm Idalia expected to strengthen to a hurricane Monday evening and make landfall Tuesday in Florida, fleet operators are encouraged to take steps now to brace for the storm’s impact.

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Global volatility has continued to disrupt supply chains, and flexibility, efficiency and resilience are vital for companies throughout the logistics sector. Third-party logistics providers have played increasingly significant roles with shippers, providing data management, visibility and analytics that are helping to transform supply chain networks.

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Penske Logistics is ramping up its freight brokerage capabilities this year with increased hiring and the opening of two new locations in the United States. Penske has introduced new offices in Chicago and Edison, New Jersey.

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Penske Transportation Solutions was recognized in Los Angeles by the Climate Registry for its work with electric trucks. Penske was honored with an Innovative Partnership Certificate at the 2023 Climate Leadership Awards for being a part of the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet.

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With a month until the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, now is the time to get ready for potential storms, as preparation is key to keeping you and your property safe.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week, April 30 – May 6, provides an opportunity to review your safety plans and make any changes long before a storm arrives.

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Road construction and maintenance projects are the keys to maintaining the health of the nation’s highways. Yet, these work zones can provide challenges to drivers and road workers alike.
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Penske Logistics has released a new guide to warehouse planning to aid companies in evaluating and determining the ideal warehouse strategy for their business.

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Penske is committed to helping veterans move forward every day, and we are thankful for their service and sacrifice.

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On Oct. 4, Penske Transportation Solutions had the honor of furthering its partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) when a Penske Logistics location in Lumberton, New Jersey, hosted the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) Trailer.

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With Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall in Florida, fleet operators are encouraged to take steps now to brace for the storm’s impact.

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