It’s tough out there all around right now, but these trucking apps may make your life a little easier. Technology continues to help fleet owners and drivers alike navigate being on the road. Take a look at some of the most highly-rated digital aides out there.
Trucking Apps of Today (and Tomorrow!)
Drivewyze is a subscription-based app but you can try it for free for 30 days before making any purchases. More than 40 states in the US have approved it. Its main function is to find and alert you about inspection sites and weigh stations so you’re prepared. Studies suggest that drivers may waste as much as an hour at each weigh station they must pass through. This app lets you legally bypass those stations in 80% of states. Their pre-clearance network spans 700 sites across the US and Canada. You can leave it on in your phone’s background so you don’t need to be fiddling with it. It will tell you whether you can pass right through or will need to stop.
If you’re looking for something to help connect you with loads and dispatch, Transflo is the app for you. It provides some handy basic information such as weather forecasts. It also pinpoints gas stations and rest areas along your planned route. However, it’s more than just that. This app also lets you chat with carriers, dispatchers, and brokers. It finds trailer locations. And you can accept or decline loads. When you’re ready, you can open and use the mobile scanning feature. And the app even notifies you once you’ve been paid!
Finding fueling stations on the road is an important but irritating part of the job. Signage isn’t always clear or completely accurate. And you don’t want to make frequent stops–but you don’t want to gamble with an empty gas tank either. Gas Buddy gives you access to a database of over 150,000 gas stations. It tracks fuel rewards and will help you to locate the cheapest price. You can even read reviews from other drivers so you know which stations are safe and clean and which ones you should avoid. It will also alert you when your driving habits are wasting fuel, and highlight stops with showering and food facilities.
Trucker Path has over one million downloads between the Apple App Store and Google’s Play Store. The high volume of use makes it the most popular trucking app across the entire continent of North America. It’s geared at the United States and Canada, mapping over 7,000 truck stops total. It also provides live information about parking availability and saves your route history. You can access job listings, fuel stops (filtering for truck clearance), and information on weigh stations/scales. There’s even a forum where you can chat and share info with other truck drivers!