Smartphones and tablets have become critical companions for the truck drivers of today. If you’re hoping to save on fuel, cut out-of-route miles or simplify document submission, you would benefit from downloading today’s 10 best apps for truck drivers.
BigRoad Free Trucker Log Books
Make driver logs easy again with BigRoad. This app keeps track of duty status changes, automatically calculates drive time based on HOS rules and allows you to scan documents directly to your fleet. It’s the top-rated trucking app on iOS and Android, and it’s available for free.
Available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, CoPilot Truck is a voice-guided navigation system with truck-specific routing to help avoid out-of-route miles. Downloadable maps give you instant access to routes even when offline. Just be prepared to spend $149.99 if you want this app for truck drivers.
Owner-operators in particular appreciate this app, available for free on iOS and Android. uShip Mobile gives you the opportunity to bid on shipments, find nearby loads, view booking details and get automatic notices about your bids.
Looking for a Starbucks? Have a hankering for Arby’s? It’s easy to check what businesses are at the next 100 exits with iExit, available for free on iOS and Android.
This app helps you find truck stops and rest areas, track loads, plan your route, save on fuel, get local weather updates and much more. Trucker Tools is available for free on iOS and Android.
Beat the Traffic
Don’t you hate driving into a traffic jam when you could have easily taken another route if you had known ahead of time? Beat the Traffic, free on iOS and Android, takes the guesswork out of planning your daily route.
Use TruckSmart to make your next TA or Petro truck stop visit more efficient. Submit work orders before you arrive, purchase a shower in advance and check parking availability to avoid unpleasant surprises. Download it for free on iOS and Android.
Your truck goes through hundreds or even thousands of gallons of diesel every week, and the cost at the pump really starts to add up. GasBuddy is a free app available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It uses GPS to help you locate the cheapest nearby gas.
There’s nothing like a good Skype call to keep in touch with family even when you’re thousands of miles away. This free app is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Amazon Fire Phone.
Freightliner Hauler Challenge
Not every moment of a truck driver’s day is dedicated to working. During your downtime, enjoy a fun, truck-themed racing game called Freightliner Hauler Challenge. It’s free on iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle.
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