The use of cell phones and tablets has exploded in the trucking industry over the past couple of years. This increase can be explained by the growing number of industry-specific apps. Truckers now have access to the weather, live traffic reports, diesel prices, and their business, all in the palm of their hands.
These apps for truckers allow for easy access to information, improved business operations, and an overall increase in quality of life. If you are interested in increasing your efficiency and happiness on the road, here are 12 popular apps that are perfect for any trucker.
1. Trucker Path
Trucker Path is considered by many to be one of the most popular trucking app. The app is currently downloaded by over 600,000 truckers who use it for pretty much anything trucking related. Trucker Path provides many features including navigation, parking status, fuel prices, weight stations, etc.
2. Truck Smart
Truck Smart is an app that is brought to you by TA Petro. Truck Smart is another all-purpose trucking app that can fulfill many different needs. It can be used to reserve parking reservations, know fuel prices in advance, and submit service requests.
3. Trucker Tools
Trucker Tools’ main selling point is “being the most accurate truck stop guide”. The app offers updated fuel prices, live traffic, and turn-by-turn directions. It is another app that makes a trucker’s life much easier while on the road.
GasBuddy is an in-depth gas and diesel app that gives truckers a look at nationwide fuel prices. The app provides a price map, trip cost calculator, and gas price charts. GasBuddy even allows you to pay with the app, which turns into savings or cash back each time you fill up.
BigRoad is an electronic logbook for owner-operators, drivers, and fleets. The app allows drivers to easily track hours of service by calculating the time for you. BigRoad will also send notifications for any errors or violations to help you avoid fines.
Life as a truck driver is busy and it can be easy to forget about your responsibilities. Wunderlist is an app you can use to better manage your time while on the road. With this app, you can create daily to-do lists, set reminders for yourself, and share tasks with your colleagues and family.
As a trucker, it can be difficult to keep track of paperwork or receipts while in the truck. CamScanner can be used to scan any document in order to be saved on your device or sent to somebody else. CamScanner is an app recommended to every ATBS client, as it is the simplest way to keep track of all of your important documents.
8. DAT Load Board App
DAT has a load board app that is free for all DAT subscribers. The app posts around 637,000 loads every business day. It includes features like spot market rates, saved searches, sort options, and company reviews.
9. Weather Channel App
The weather channel app provides information on exactly what you would expect…the weather! What separates this weather app from others is the ability to look at weather forecasts two weeks in advance. This app also provides alerts and notifications with weather updates in whatever area you are currently in.
10. The Rolling Strong App
Rolling Strong is a health and wellness company that focuses specifically on professional drivers. They offer an app that provides drivers with exercise and meal plans while on the road. A subscription to the company also comes with online coaching from the Rolling Strong trainers.
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. The app doesn’t just provide navigation and direction, it also provides real-time updates provided by real people on the app. Some of the updates include police presence, accidents, and traffic jams.
12. FleetSafer Mobile
With all of these apps, it may be tempting to use your phone while driving. FleetSafer Mobile gets rid of this temptation. This app can block any messages you might receive while driving and automatically respond to those messages with, “I’m driving”.
Today, it’s important that you take advantage of what your mobile devices can offer. All of these apps can improve your business and your life, with little to no cost. Take a look at all of these apps and see how much easier it makes your time as an owner-operator.
This article was originally featured on ATBS.com.
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