Driver shortages, demanding customers, and heightened regulation are a few of the reasons why the trucking industry is embracing mobile technology. Mobile technology designed to manage fleets comes in a wide range of inexpensive solutions that are available on smartphones, tablets, and additional hand-held devices.
Are you still not convinced? Trucking apps worth noticing afford your company the following advantages:
- Reduced costs
- Heightened compliance and safety
- More satisfied customers
- Improved quality of life for drivers
As there is a driver shortage currently, fleet owners are doing everything they can to attract new people to the profession. Professional and personal apps, ranging from long-distance communication apps to audio streaming apps, play a significant role in this process. The following list includes just a few of the trucking apps worth noticing.
Co-Pilot Live Truck, $149.99
This app has paved the way with brand new voice-guided GPS navigation. Drivers input their load type, weight, and vehicle size to get customized truck-legal routes that are both reliable and safe. Drivers can also download and store maps right to their phones or tablets, allowing for easy viewing even when they don’t have Internet access. Worrying about roads with weight restrictions and low clearances and wasting time on inconvenient routes are a thing of the past with this app.
Trucker Tools, Free
Trucker Tools is a one-stop app for all truckers. With resources such as a truck stop locator, trucker-specific restaurant promotions, and real-time traffic updates, this app offers something for everyone. The Trucker Tools database is the most comprehensive trucker database in the United States, and it is updated every day. Additional features include a trucking job board and a message board for fellow truckers.
Are you frustrated because your fleet drivers have a tough time finding good deals on gas? GasBuddy helps people on the go find the cheapest gas available throughout the United States and Canada. A community of users works together to provide up-to-date information about current gas prices. Find gas stations in close proximity to a current location and view their current gas prices. Users also have the option to sort results for a specific location by fuel prices and to check out features available at different gas stations.
Drivers are more likely to stick with the job if they can stay in touch with their family and friends. Skype allows users to make free calls to any other Skype user around the world. The rates that Skype offers for landline and cell-phone calls are less expensive than pre-paid calling cards. Drivers can opt to get an online telephone number so they do not miss calls and can receive and check voicemail messages via email or text message.
CamScanner, Free version available, Premium $4.99/month or $49.99/year
Truck drivers never again have to worry about keeping and organizing their paper documents and receipts with CamScanner. This app turns any smartphone into a portable scanner that archives paper items. CamScanner includes options for image cropping and enhancement to ensure that the scanned items are clear and easy to read. Once the apps are scanned and saved, they can be accessed from any device.
Another challenge that truck drivers face is maintaining a balanced diet. It is easy to grab fast food on the go and keep moving without taking the time to have proper meals. FatSecret makes it simple to keep track of food, exercise, and weight. This Calorie Counter app includes a food quick pick with nutrition and calorie information, a barcode scanner for nutrition labels, food and exercise diaries for logging daily activity, a weight chart, and a journal for documenting progress.
About the author:
Robert J. Hall is president of Track Your Truck, a leading provider of GPS vehicle tracker systems and software for small and midsized companies.