No matter what the field or role, there’s industry-specific an app that can make life a little bit easier – the transportation industry being no exception.
Smartphones have been changing the way we drive – for better or for worse. Texting while driving is (as it should be) illegal, however several apps are safe to use for responsible drivers and can be total game-changers.
Truck drivers have access to information like never before. Thanks to free (or affordable) mobile apps, truckers can increase their productivity, efficiency, and even their mental and physical wellbeing.
Here are just some of the apps that Argus drivers claim have become invaluable in their daily lives on the road:
GasBuddy has been a real money saver for truckers and just about anyone who drives a vehicle. The app provides information about real-time gas prices at stations throughout Canada and the United States. Moreover, it points out the stations with the cleanest bathrooms and even the best coffee.
This might be one of the most popular apps used by truck drivers specifically in the United States. Trucker Path has been downloaded over a million times and on a rating scale of 1 to 5 it boasts nearly 4.8 stars. Truckers rely on this app to find vital information while on the road. Whether it’s truck stops, available parking, fuel prices or weigh station status, the app provides drivers with updated information.
Waze has become indispensable for truckers and the public alike. It is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. The app not only provides navigation and direction, it also gives real-time updates provided by real people on the app. The company has actually partnered with cities, transportation authorities, broadcasters, businesses, and first responders to put community-driven data to work for anyone making transportation better for everyone. Some of the updates include police presence, accidents, and traffic jams.
Wunderlist is helpful to just about anyone with a busy schedule. For trucker drivers, life can get hectic when you’re on the road for hours and have various responsibilities piling up. Wunderlist is a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get stuff done. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, this app makes it easy to capture, share and complete your to-dos. It instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your to-dos from anywhere.
For truckers, keeping track of paperwork and receipts isn’t always easy. This app turns your phone or tablet into a scanner for intelligent document management. CamScanner is a must-have for business travelers or anyone on-the-go, as it enables you to capture documents and send scans even when you’re on the road.
Free (paid upgrades available): CamScanner
Similar to GasBuddy, Fuelbook gives truckers a quick and easy way to find stations with the cheapest fuel. It was actually developed specifically for the trucking community specifically. The diesel prices are updated 6 times a day, and it provides information about truck stop services and open parking across the United States and Canada.
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 Search is powerful and as use-friendly as it gets. The app makes it possible to 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 much more. It also helps truckers find truck-friendly exits and businesses across the United States.
As we mentioned, smartphones have changed the way we drive, and in some cases, has made driving dangerous. FleetSafer is a mobile app that eliminates the temptation to use a phone while driving, and blocks any messages drivers might receive while driving, and automatically respond to those messages with, “I’m driving”.
It’s no secret that driving a truck for hours can feel monotonous at times. Since reading your favourite novel or nonfiction is impossible to do while driving, listening to an audiobook by Audible is a fantastic way to listen to a story and to keep your mind alert. The app has the the largest selection of audiobooks that you will find anywhere.
Free 30-day trial (charges after free trial): Audible
When you’re on the road, it can be hard to keep track of snacking, and even harder to find healthy options at truck stops. This app makes it easy to count calories no matter where you are. It helps you find out nutritional information for all foods, brands, and even restaurants. The app even records calories burned while exercising. Staying healthy is crucial for truck drivers, as good health and healthy weight enable you to stay alert and awake (and alive!) for longer.