Did you know that over 95% of truck drivers now own a smartphone? These devices have had a huge impact on the trucking industry. Truck drivers now have devices that help them navigate routes, plan their trips ahead of time and, most importantly, help them stay in touch with their family and friends while they’re on the road. Here are some of the must have apps to make life on the road easier!
Top 7 Apps to Use When You're on the Road
There are hundreds of mobile apps on iTunes and the Google Play Store made just for truckers. From helping you navigate new roads and find trucker-friendly places to stop, to getting up-to-date traffic information and daily deals. Here’s a list of 7 apps that have been designed to make the life of a truck driver a little easier:
1. Trucker Path
Averaging a 4.7 star rating on both app stores, The Trucker Path App is one of the most popular apps among drivers when it comes to trip planning. Trucker Path provides real-time updates on parking locations, open or closed weigh stations, and fuel prices. On top of that, this app also provides locations of rest areas, repair shops, hotels, restaurants, and much more. Download the app for free in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store! Trucker Path has you covered wherever you are on the road.
GasBuddy has a community of 60,000 users constantly giving updates on fuel prices everywhere! Through the app you can find the best prices on fuel at 140,000 stations. With this app you get a price map, trip calculator, gas price charts, and fuel insights. There is also a pit stop news section where you can find articles ranging from the best gas station coffee to frequent updates on the trucking and oil industry. This app is available for iOS and Android devices.
3. Overdrive’s Trucker Tools
The Trucker Tools app is another one stop shop for truck drivers. Made to simplify life on the road for drivers, this free app also provides updated information on truck stops, parking locations,
and helps plan your trip ahead of time - all while saving you money!
There is also a two-way communication feature which allows you to connect with other drivers and reach support on the message board in case you experience any issues. This application even has the digital Overdrive Magazine built right into the app so that you can keep on top of the latest news in the trucking industry! There are more features constantly being added. Make sure you go to the app store and download the Trucker Tools application to see for yourself!
4. Highway Dining
It’s never a good feeling to be on the road with no idea where you want to eat or where nearby restaurants are. With the Highway Dining application, that burden is eliminated. This application provides you with a list of restaurants that are a minute away based on your current location or up to an hour away based on your direction of travel. You can also access directions and contact information for each restaurant. Highway Dining shows you all of the information you need about restaurants with a the touch of a button. Even better- it’s free!
5. Weather Channel App
You’re probably already familiar with this app, but it’s especially great when you’re on the road! Weather plays a huge role in how you plan your trip and how you get to where you're going while avoiding dangerous conditions. The Weather Channel app actually notifies you when there are severe weather alerts and breaking news so you are constantly kept up to date about the weather conditions around you.
The Weather Channel is a reliable source and provides real-time updates on forecasts for any location. Did I mention it’s good for planning trips? The app provides information on weather trends, road conditions, and a 15-day forecast so you can plan accordingly.
6. Lose It!
When you’re constantly on the road, it’s hard to eat healthy! With the help of Lose It! you can keep track of what you’re eating and make small changes to improve your health. This app allows you to log what you eat, set goals, and record your fitness activity. You can even challenge your friends along the way. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone! Download the app here.
7. White Noise
If you have a hard time sleeping, this app could really work for you! Whether you need a goodnight sleep before a long trip or during one, White Noise is an app that creates relaxing sounds to put you at ease. With over 40 free sounds ranging from ocean waves to the sound of crickets chirping, this app can help reduce headaches and block distractions, and reduce stress while you’re trying to sleep. We all know how important sleep is when you are on the road for that long. Download it for free here!
Don’t Forget About BigRoad!
The BigRoad Mobile App was created with the goal of making drivers’ lives easier by helping create them to error-free logs and reducing the risk of violations. Now, with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate three months away, BigRoad wants to help drivers achieve ELD compliance with a simple, affordable, and flexible solution - the BigRoad DashLink ELD.
Whether you’re an owner-operator or a large fleet, BigRoad is here to help. Request a demo to find out how BigRoad can make your life on the road that much easier.