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Sept. 19-24 marks the American Trucking Associations' second annual National Technician Appreciation Week. Penske is proud to join the trucking industry this week to recognize the significant and essential contributions of technicians and customer service representatives.

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Professional truck drivers have faced the challenges of the pandemic with strength and resilience as they worked to keep the global supply chain moving.

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When you're moving into a new home, it's important to find the right tools for the job. Each moving situation is unique and requires a different approach, so these tips from Penske Truck Rental's moving experts will give you a better idea of what you'll need to move with ease.

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Pack – load – unpack – repeat.

Do-it-yourself movers know this cycle all too well.

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Moving with a full house? Embrace the challenge by making it enjoyable for everyone – especially if little ones and furry friends are involved.

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Penske Truck Rental has introduced its first-ever mobile app for consumer truck rental customers. It provides do-it-yourself movers with the ability to manage their move more efficiently and effectively.

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Many Americans will take advantage of the long Fourth of July weekend to move to their new homes. Penske Truck Rental offers these tips for a safe, happy and patriotic move.

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The busy summer moving season is an attractive time for thieves who prey on unsuspecting consumers.

When planning a move – across town or across the country, Penske's security experts encourage consumers to be selective when it comes to hiring a moving company and taking extra precautions when performing a do-it-yourself move.

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Summer. The infamous season to soak up the sun – but not too much sun.

If you're one of the thousands of new homeowners or renters braving the heat for a summer move, Penske offers these tips to keep you safe and cool.

Top Tips for Staying Cool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.

Hydration is Key

Chuck Pagesy, Penske's director of safety, reiterates the importance of hydration.

"The most important thing to consider when moving in hot weather is to ensure you remain properly hydrated," said Pagesy. "You can never drink too much water in extreme heat."

According to the CDC, certain factors hinder the body's ability to stay cool:

  • High humidity – sweat doesn't evaporate as quickly when the humidity is high. This prevents your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors – Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use can impact whether an individual is able to effectively cool off.

Taking these factors into account, it is important to be aware of the telltale signs of heat-related illness. According to the CDC, these signs could indicate:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat cramps
  • Sunburn
  • Heat rash

Concerned about too much sun exposure? The CDC outlines what to look for and what to do if an individual is exhibiting symptoms of a heat-related illness.

It's not too late to plan your summer move. Penske Truck Rental offers free unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Are you ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rental website for more information.

By Nicole Forktus

Are you packing up and moving into a new space this summer?

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Memorial Day travel skyrocketed as nearly 43 million Americans journeyed to their destination in 2019. Nearing record-breaking numbers, the surge came to a halt in 2020 as COVID-19 swept through the nation.

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Regina the T-Rex – Reggie to her friends – was recently in need of transportation from her home at the TAG Art Company in Indiana to an event in Dublin, Ohio.

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Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Penske rents thousands of trucks to movers across North America. While some movers take the do-it-yourself approach, others hire professionals to deliver their belongings safely and securely to their new homes.

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Just in time for May and National Moving Month, Penske Truck Rental announces its latest list of Top Moving Destinations. Now in its eleventh year, the annual listing of U.S. cities seeing the most inbound one-way truck rentals looks different than years past.

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Advancements and updates in technology have added distractions to virtually every aspect of modern life, but they have become increasingly troublesome to drivers. And while 48 states have enacted texting bans to prevent dangerous and deadly consequences on the road, drivers continue to use their smartphones behind the wheel.

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The consumer truck rental fleet for Penske Truck Rental has been busier than usual heading into its traditional peak moving season, which normally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. To provide the best possible rental moving experience, the company is refreshing its inventory by introducing thousands of new cargo vans, small box trucks (12-foot and 16-foot units) and large box trucks (22-foot and 26-foot models) and implementing them into markets across the United States.

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Penske Truck Rental is now an Affinity Program Provider for the American Trucking Associations (ATA). ATA member companies, which includes those enrolled in the ATA Moving & Storage Conference, now have access to discount fixed and mileage rates. Also, an additional 10% discount will apply on one-way truck rentals.

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Penske Truck Rental has selected Avaamo's voice-driven Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) for its phone-based truck rental central reservations call center. The goal is to further enhance Penske's truck rental reservation process by phone and drive efficiencies in its call center operations.

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