Being a trucker provides you the opportunity to see the country and all that it has to offer. Thanks to smartphones, truck drivers can manage all parts of their jobs and lives in the palm of their hands.

How about being able to where our nation’s truck stops, exits, restaurants, etc. are located? How about an app to keep your logs organized on your phone? Apps are the tools of today that can change your daily routine and assist you in time management, structured logs, and in some cases, make you more money! From traffic to tools and fuel to finances, we found the top 10 apps to help you with your drive.

Now although smartphones are becoming more and more a necessary item in all industries and it does provide tremendous resources at your fingertips, there are also safety concerns.

Never use any app, new technology or anything that will make you take your eyes off the road. With that being said, we hope the compiled list below will be helpful tools and resources for your business.

 Community, traffic and GPS

Waze

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

Waze is a free community-based traffic and navigation app that allows drivers to actively share accidents, police traps and other hazards. Users can view and post new information plus see all alert locations via an interactive map. (Available for iPhone, Android and Windows.)

Author’s insight – This is a great app for (driving teams) passenger communicating the overall conditions for your travel. For example, if you’re slowing down due to bad traffic, the app might ask you if that’s the reason you’re slowing down? Waze will next inquire about the severity of the traffic absorbing information to compile and share. After a couple of clicks, that information will be shared with other drivers coming up to the same area creating an advanced notice to help others avoid such terrible conditions. Overall, it’s a pretty cool app and fun to play with.

Whats AppWhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Once you and your friends download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want. Send a million messages a day to your friends for free! WhatsApp uses your Internet connection.

  • MULTIMEDIA: Send Video, Images, and Voice notes to your friends and contacts.

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  • GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group conversations with your contacts. 

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  • NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: Just like there is no added cost to send an international email, there is no cost to send WhatsApp messages internationally.

Chat with your friends all over the world as long as they have WhatsApp Messenger installed and avoid those pesky international SMS costs.

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Author’s Insight – Facebook recently bought this app for 19 Billion Dollars; and for good reason. One of the main benefits for the WhatsApp is the limitless texting ability. WhatsApp allows you to text with anyone of your choice, and it will not go against your text messaging costs. Download WhatsApp now, they have 450 million users, so they must be doing something right

Beat the TrafficBeat the Traffic
Available on iPhone and Android

Dedicated to the daily driver, Beat the Traffic takes the guesswork out of your daily commute by providing real-time traffic specific to your route. Check Beat the Traffic before you leave and know which route to take, traffic flow, estimated travel times and if there are any incidents. Named amongst the top 5 traffic apps to change your commute. Beat the Traffic is available for US and Canada. The sleek crowd-source traffic app makes your drive easier. Credit – Actual app description

Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel
Available on iPhone and Android

Enjoy the best day possible with the most accurate forecast available. When you see the world through weather, it’s amazing out there. This app has detailed forecasts to help you plan your day, week, or even the next hours, incredibly fast and accurate maps that offer past and future radar and push alerts and badges that help make sure you know about the severe weather around you. From big storms to bizarre findings, stay up-to-date with the latest weather news and videos. Credit – Actual app description

Travel, Lodging, Restaurant

Truck Stops Truck Stops

Truck Stops was created, developed, and programmed by a professional truck driver. Additionally, the truck stops app has been available since July 2009. It was the very first app to list information about truck stops. Credit – Actual apps description

Author’s Insight – Have you ever been on the interstate, waiting to see when that next truck stop is coming up and all you see is nothing? The Truck Stops app is pretty straight forward and really easy to use. Being on the road this is one app you’ll end up using often to get info for truck stops!

All StaysAllstays Truck Stop and Travel Plaza
 Available on iPhone and Android

The longest running updated app for truck drivers does data like no one else so you can relax. Need a stop for the night with showers, laundry, TripPak, Subway and bulk DEF? This is the only app that can show exactly that to you and without service. The #1 and most complete resource for truck drivers has everything you need for an easier job. Credit – Actual app description

 

iexit app iExit Interstate Exit Guide

iExit tells you what’s at upcoming exits when you’re on the highway. It uses your device’s location to determine where you are on the highway, and then displays upcoming exits in real time.

 iExit’s Search is powerful and dead simple. Search the next 100 exits for businesses (like Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, or KOA Campgrounds), amenities (like WiFi, Playground, or Truck Parking), rest stops, hotel deals, and much more. 

Your GPS will tell you how to get there. iExit will tell you where to stop along the way. Don’t take another road trip without iExit!

Important Notes:

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Your device must have a GPS device or a connection to the internet for iExit to track your location.
  • iExit is compatible with iOS 6.0 and later.
  • iExit only works in the United States on major exit-based highways

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Author’s Insight – iExit handles the good stuff. With miles of interstate ahead of you, are you aware of what’s coming up in 5 miles at the next exit? How about the next 100 miles? Making you aware of everything from starbucks to campgrounds, rest stops to hotels. iExit app makes life easier for the anyone on the road.

Around Me AppAroundMe

AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings.

How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest Gas Station?

AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi.
AroundMe shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.

For every listing you can choose to see its location on a Map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.
The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you.

Fast, easy and accurate. AroundMe is your ideal day-to-day companion. Credit – Actual apps description

Author’s Insight – This is a favorite app among truckers and travelers alike. It covers so much more than the basic needs and doing random searches. A lot of apps can find the basics, AroundMe finds the rest for you!

Trucking Business Tools

Big Road BigRoad Free Truck Driver Log Book

Spend more time driving and less time on paperwork with the #1 trucker app for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. BigRoad has the most 5-star reviews of any trucking app!

 EASY DAILY DRIVER LOGS – 
Keeps track of your duty status changes and builds a clean, compliant and fully editable log through the day.

 DRIVING TIME -
 Automatically calculates available drive time and recap using your chosen Hours of Service (HOS) rules.

NO MORE FAXING – 
Send driver logs, vehicle inspection reports (DVIR), and scanned documents directly to your fleet from the app. Print or save PDF of logs too. TRUCKER DASHBOARD – 
GPS-enabled map with traffic and HOS availability.

 Let Big Road take care of the paperwork while you keep your focus on driving! Credit – Actual apps description

Author’s Insight – Truckers know how important it is to have your logs in order. Big Road Free Truck Driver Log Book App is really easy to use and well worth the download. 

 Trucker ToolsTrucker Tools
 Available on iPhone and Android

Save money while on the road with the free Trucker Tool App. The Trucker Tools app helps you find the latest and lowest diesel prices, nearest truck stops, live traffic, turn-by-turn directions, current promotions on food, products and services at truck stops across the country. It also locates truck stops a near a city, your current location, along an interstate or at a specific exit – and provides directions. The app is the most complete in the country and updated daily. The app also provides Truck Routing and Fuel Optimizer – see truck stops along a route and find the cheapest fuel. Credit – Actual app description

Truckers PathTrucker Path
Available on iPhone and Android

Trucker Path is a logistical assistant app geared toward professional truck drivers that provides Weight Station/Truck Stop detailed information, locations, reviews, directions and pinpoint map locations. Trucker Path provides detailed information about highway patrol weight stations in all 50 states and features information such as address information, phone/fax numbers, user reviews, current weather, directions, map view of stations and whether a specific weight station is open or not. GeoTrucker also provides detailed information about all major truck stops which includes number of truck parking spaces, address information, phone/fax numbers, number of scales, restaurants, type of truck care provided, transflo, weather, diesel prices and other amenities offered.

MyDatMyDat
Available on iPhone and Android

MyDAT Trucker is a free app for truck drivers showing nearby truck stops, diesel prices, hotels that accommodate big rig parking, all types of service for big rigs (towing, repair, etc.), Walmarts, rest stops and CAT Scales – as well as nearby loads from the DAT Load Monitor Network – also seen on monitors in over 800 truck stops nationwide. The DAT Load Monitor Network displays a subset of the millions of loads found annually on DAT power load boards and TruckersEdge, powered by DAT. Credit – Actual app description

 Fuel BookFuelbook
 Available for iPhone and Android

Fuelbook is an industrial strength tool for truck drivers not just an App! Fuelbook uses powerful data from the industry to help the professional truck driver search diesel prices at over 6,600+ truck stops nationwide and across Canada. Fuel prices are updated 6x daily along with a full list of truck stop services; open parking status and much more. Fuelbook has become the trusted took used by thousands of drivers every day. Credit – Actual app description

Author’s Insight – It’s FREE, fast and easy to use. Plus it lists truck stop services and open parking status. Fuelbook is the only fuel locator app updated 6 times daily to ensure the pricing is current when refueling. Its accuracy is what makes this app a powerful and necessary tool for any trucker who is looking to save on fuel costs.

Cam ScannerCamscanner

The worlds No.1 mobile document scanning and sharing app with over 100 million installs in more than 200 countries. CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, iPads, tablets and computers. Features:*Mobile ScannerUse your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.

Paid premium version with added features is also available for @$50/yr

Pocket Fuel CalcPocketFuelCal is fast and easy to use with customizable settings to fit your vehicle.
Calculates with mpg, km/l, and l/100km and converts to per mile, per km, and total fuel surcharge. Convenient in-app web page displays fuel price index. Available for iPhone

 Keep TruckinKeep Truckin
This electronic logbook app makes it easy to record driving times and rest breaks with high accuracy. (Available for iPhone and Android.)

Other recommendations from truckers:

Pocket Fuel CalcPocketFuelCal is fast and easy to use with customizable settings to fit your vehicle.
Calculates with mpg, km/l, and l/100km and converts to per mile, per km, and total fuel surcharge. Convenient in-app web page displays fuel price index. Available for iPhone

 Keep TruckinKeep Truckin
This electronic logbook app makes it easy to record driving times and rest breaks with high accuracy. (Available for iPhone and Android.)

 

SkypeSkype
This is a very popular app among truck drivers that need an inexpensive way to keep in touch. Skype offers instant messaging and one-on-one video chat for free. (Available for iPhone, Android and Windows.)

A closing note about safety – These apps can and will make your life on the road easier, but it is important to use these tools wisely, to reduce and avoid distractions while you are driving. Practice good safety habits by using apps when you are stopped or if you are a team, let a passenger use them so the driver can stay focused on the road. Never use any app, new technology or anything that will make you take your eyes off the road.

“At the end of the day, our main concern is distracted driving,” said Ted Scott, American Trucking Associations’ director of engineering. The ATA is “very cautiously” supportive of new technology for truckers, he said.

“The problem isn’t if an app on a cellphone is touch free. It’s about eyeballs, where the driver’s eyes are,” said Scott.

Enforcing rules against distracted driving is difficult. While truckers might not be holding or typing on their smartphones and these apps may be designed to be zero-touch and in a dashboard mount, most of the apps will likely be on while a trucker is driving.

Voice-controlled apps, like the iPhone’s Siri function, as well as an app talking back to you, may be a way to reduce distraction, said Scott. “The rule is simple, stay off the phone when you’re driving.”

Whatever tools or apps you decide to use, please use them wisely and avoid any distractions while driving.

The “Apple App Store” and the “GooglePlay” stores are loaded with thousands of apps with thousands more to come. In regards to the app list above, these are more of the essentials for the new or experienced truck driver.  I hope you find these apps helpful for your business and while you are on the road.

Let us know what you are using to make your time on the road easier and more efficient. Share which apps or tools are helpful to you or might help fellow truckers. Drive safely and keep on truckin.