Apps Truck Drivers Love
Many truck drivers today may remember a time when the only way to communicate with loved ones while on the road was to make a phone call from the next roadside diner or use a pay phone at a gas station. Thankfully, the era of the cell phone was soon to arrive, giving everyone the opportunity to keep regular contact with the office and loved ones alike.
Fast forward to today and our phones are much more than just a way to communicate with each other. If you have browsed through your app store lately, you probably noticed there seems to be an application for almost every type of job or industry. As this article is on a trucking website, we thought it made sense to showcase a few of the apps truck drivers love and that can help make life in the trucking industry easier.
With downloads exceeding 400,000, Trucker Path lays claim as the most popular app in trucking.
This free platform makes a driver’s job easier by providing crowdsourced information about:
- Truck stops
- Availability of rest areas and parking
- Weigh station status
- Fuel Prices
- Truck Wash
Navigate to thousands of truck stops and discover the amenities they offer.
Find truck stops or rest areas with available truck parking spots in real-time.
Check to see if an upcoming weigh station is open or closed. Updated by fellow truck drivers.
Find fuel stops with truck clearance and compare diesel prices to save time and money.
Trucker Path has 400+ truck wash locations so you can keep that chrome shining.
Their navigation assistant helps truck drivers find points of interest along their route in America.
Trucker Path is a virtual online marketplace for the trucking industry that allows truck drivers to locate a wide variety of resources that will definitely help make the job easier. This drivers to optimize their driving time and improves revenues.
The makers of Trucker Path also have created an app called ‘Truckloads’. This app is essential for freight brokers who can now target preferred, reliable carriers with specific load offers. It provides navigational aids and load-sourcing to match drivers to available freight.
All of the Trucker Path apps are available on both iOS and Android devices.
A successful truck driver knows the importance of route planning, and that is just what Road Hunter is perfect for.
Not only is this app 100% free, but it also has some really cool features:
- Unique Route Planning
- Severe Weather
Plan your route according to your ride height. This is very helpful if you haul a flatdeck with random loads.
Hauling long distances? Then you know how weather can affect your driving time. Get live weather updates and plan your route to avoid delays.
The Road Hunter app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
When burning hundreds or even thousands of gallons of diesel each week, even the smallest savings can add up.
The free GasBuddy app relies on a community of users working together to give drivers up-to-date diesel prices for thousands of stations across the U.S. and Canada. With this app, drivers can find the cheapest fuel, locate nearby fueling stations and sort them by fuel prices, view gas stations, and see gas station features.
Gas Buddy can also show you the average fuel prices all the way across North America. Even if your route takes you across the country, you can plan your fuel stops to save you the most money.
All of these features are available on PC, Android, and iOS platforms.
Some truck drivers just are not interested in another app that they have to constantly check and update with their route. They don’t want to waste a bunch of time checking an app, they just want to hit the road and start driving. That is where audiobooks come in.
With the audiobooks app, you can find a novel, biography, or documentary based on whatever interests you. They pride themselves on their massive selection of audiobooks. They also have an easy-to-use search tool to quickly find whatever type of audiobook you’re looking for.
When you first sign up with Audiobooks, they give you your first book for free. After that, it’s $14.95(USD) a month. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, this is worth it as you will finish books much faster than others.
The Audiobooks app is available on both Android and iOS, both giving you the option of downloading your books for offline use.
There are many difficulties and challenges that come with the task of being a modern-day truck driver. From the long days drivers put in, to strapping and tarping loads in miserable weather, these things can really wear a person down. That is why here at T&P Trucking, we believe that leveraging technology to our advantage is one of the best ways to make work easier and life more enjoyable.
We also know that life on the road is stressful at times and some find it very difficult to be absent from their family for such long periods of time.
Hopefully, with these app suggestions, we can help make that drive just a little more enjoyable and help save you some time and money so you can get back home and enjoy your downtime.