Mobile apps for truck drivers, anyone?
Truck driving is a fun and exciting career — especially if you know where you’re going and what you need to do. While being on the road is enjoyable, it can also be stressful if you don’t know how to organize your trip or manage your time. Good thing there are apps out there that can be extremely helpful to truck drivers — both newbies and experienced alike. But you might ask, what are these helpful apps and where can you get them?
Worry no more because we’ve got it all covered for you. With no further ado, here are ten of the most helpful apps for truck drivers.
Waze is a fun, community-based traffic, navigation, and mapping app. Millions of drivers join forces to save time, outsmart traffic, and improve daily commuting for all. Just drive around with Waze open, and you’ll be automatically contributing real-time road and traffic data to the local community of drivers. You can also actively report hazards, accidents, police and other events that you see on the road. You can also get road alerts on your route or even information on the cheapest gas station along the way, thanks to community-shared fuel prices. The app makes it simple and fun to coordinate and meet up with friends. Waze is about benefiting from and contributing to the “common good” on the road.
Trucker Path is America’s fastest growing platform for the trucking industry, providing navigational assistance and freight matching. Regarded as America’s most popular app for truckers, the Trucker Path app is a trip planning companion for truck drivers, enabling a large community of drivers to help update the real-time status of places on their route. It helps truckers find truck stops, available parking, rest areas, open/closed weigh stations, and much more. It improves truckers’ lives by reducing the frustrations of unproductive stops and sleep deprivation.
GasBuddy is headquartered in Boston and was founded in 2000. The app connects you to your perfect pit stop and serves all your needs while on the road. GasBuddy has a database of over 150,000 gas station convenience stores. The database also includes station locations, offerings, real-time fuel prices, ratings, and reviews. When you pay using GasBuddy’s payments service, you can save on every gallon of gas you pump.
This app can help you decide where to take pitstops as you travel along the interstates. Using your device’s location to determine where you are on the highway, it would then display upcoming exits, all in real time. You can either choose between a summary of each exit ahead or search among upcoming exits. You can search for amenities (playground, truck parking, or WiFi), businesses (like Cracker Barrel, KOA Campgrounds, or Starbucks), hotel deals, rest stops, and more. The app will tell you where to stop; GPS will guide you on how to get there.
This app helps you plan your fuel stops including parking, fuel prices, and even restaurants. Aside from tracking truck stops, it can also be used to track weigh stations and severe weather. This app is built around one simple concept — getting you the information you need as simply and as easily as possible. The entire app is designed around ease of use. No complicated multi-screen interactions. Just one-finger use. Fire it up and see what’s around you on the map — no lists. No page flipping. Just fire it up and see what’s near you.
This is a free messaging app running on your mobile data plan or Wi-Fi. You can send videos, pictures, and texts to other truckers or family and friends that have also downloaded WhatsApp. This is available on both Android and iTunes.
This is a trucker logbook app that allows you to improve your log book calculations. It automatically estimates your time of arrival based on your hours of service (HOS). The app also helps you find truck stops, weigh stations, and other trucker-friendly places. You can find the BigRoad app on both iTunes and Android.
This app allows you to rapidly discover information about your surroundings. Have you ever wanted to know the closest gas station? AroundMe helps you to quickly identify your position. You can then choose the nearest taxi, theater, supermarket, restaurant, movie theater, hotel, hospital, gas station, bar, or bank. The app can show you a comprehensive list of all businesses in the category you’ve tapped, along with the distance from your exact location. For each listing, you can see its location on a map. You can then view the route from where you are, file the information away for later, or email the data to a friend. The Nearby listing also allows you to locate information about what’s around you using Wikipedia. It’s accurate, easy, and fast. The app is your ideal day-to-day companion.
9. NOAA Radar
With this app, you can forget your smartphone’s native weather app. This is one of the best weather-tracking apps that provides real-time and future weather patterns. Since it takes its weather data from the U.S. government’s weather monitoring systems, it’s one of the most accurate weather radar apps available. The app also includes weather information such as accurate seven-day forecasts, hybrid weather, geographic maps, and snow depth. You can enable push notifications to be alerted when inclement weather is fast approaching.
This app keeps you current on the most recent developments on the regulations of the government concerning driving time and scheduling; it has been approved by the Department of Transportation. KeepTruckin allows you to track the time and distance you’ve driven to ensure that you’re hitting your requirements for breaks and sleep.
The Bottom Line
Those are the top 10 apps that are incredibly helpful for truck drivers. If you need more advanced apps that are suitable for your needs (which were not covered in this article), feel free to browse the Apple App Store or Google Play and download the apps that seem helpful to you.