After talking to hundreds of drivers at truck shows and truck stops, I am amazed at the high percentage of truckers who don't have email addresses. This speaks to a larger problem within our industry of professional drivers who are lacking the technology skills to thrive in the business. Sure you can buy a truck and buy yourself a job, but chances are that you won’t be as successful as you could be if you don’t use technology to your advantage.
I’m probably preaching to the choir here because if you’re reading this, you’re accessing the Team Run Smart website so you’re already ahead of 75% (my estimation) of professional drivers who don’t use the internet to stay informed of their industry. The Team Run Smart website is one of the best resources for company drivers and owner-operators alike as the content is always fresh and from industry experts and real owner-operators on the road every day. In addition to this site, I actively use Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin so please use the links to connect with me.
Besides the aforementioned websites, here are some other websites and applications that I use every week while on the road from my iPad.
- Internet Truck Stop (load board)
- Findfuelstops.com (gives me cash price and price before state diesel tax anywhere in country)
- Hotels4Truckers.com ( if I need to find a hotel that will accommodate 18 wheelers)
- NTTSBreakdown.com or FindTruckService.com which allows me to find help out on the road
- MobiMaps and Apple Maps (gives me street view, birds eye view of places I'm delivering to)
- TruckSmart app - TA/Petro's app that gives fuel prices, directions, reserved parking/showers, displays location amenities, etc.
- Road Ninja app - gives detailed information on what services are available at every interstate exit. Not trucker specific but detailed helpful information.
- Camscanner app- allows me to scan documents and email them from my truck
There are more sites and apps that I use, but these are the most common. As members of the trucking industry, we can benefit the most by the advances in mobile technology. Staying connected with family back home is easier than ever not to mention the myriad of free resources available to us to find fuel, food, repair, weather, etc.