Having difficulty trying to figure out the best apps to use when you’re on the road trucking? There’s so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Read on for some of the most helpful apps for truckers!
The AllStays Truck & Travel app has over 35,000 data points so all kinds of helpful information is at your fingertips. There are too many features to list, but some of the most beneficial to drivers include truck stops, weigh stations, rest areas, truck ramps, steep road grades, Walmart’s, truck dealers, and on and on. You can also filter for truck stop details, so if you need laundry facilities, a shower, a dump station, road service, or more, you can find a place that fits your needs. AllStays also lets you compare hotels when you’re looking for a room at the last minute. ($9.99; App Store)
The Audiobooks.com app offers over 125,000 titles and 8,000 of them are completely FREE. Titles can be downloaded so you can listen at any time, regardless of whether you have a cell signal or wi-fi. (Free; App Store or Google Play)
Diet and exercise are a huge concern for truck drivers since most of the day (and night!) is spent behind the wheel. An app like Calorie Counter makes it easier to keep track of the foods you’re eating and the amount of exercise you’re getting so you can do your best to stay healthy. This one has tons of nutritional information for pretty much any food you can think of (plus a variety of restaurants and brands!), and everything can be tracked in the food diary. (Free, in-app purchases; App Store or Google Play)
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) Cost Per Mile app will help you figure your cost of operations per mile. (Free; App Store)
See all the OOIDA apps available to help your trucking business.
Want to know the details about a particular location – Are there restrooms? Are they dog friendly? Are you looking for a wait time? Maybe you need a place to rest for the night. Save time by letting Dock411 do the work for you! Find out what other drivers are saying about the places you’re going in one convenient app. With 70+ dock attributes, Dock411 will make your trip smoother. (Free; App Store or Google Play)
Drivewyze detects weigh stations and inspection sites and automatically alerts the driver when the truck is two miles away from one. It allows you to spend less time waiting by sending weigh station bypass requests in participating states. The app will then reset so you’re ready for the next weigh station or inspection site. (First 30 days are free, then $15.49/month; App Store or Google Play)
iExit uses your location to help you find truck-friendly exits and businesses across the United States. You can see diesel prices, weigh stations, repair centers, truck parking, and much more. (Free; App Store)
Pay makes it easy to run your business from anywhere in a secure payment platform to control when and how you get paid. Manage cash flow, load payments, and take advantage of a flat fee of 2.99% quick pay option. (Free; App Store or Google Play)
With Lose it!, you can set a goal and you’ll be matched with a personalized daily calorie budget to help you lose weight. You can track food and exercise and connect to a weight loss community for support in reaching your fitness goals. There’s also a barcode scanner so you can easily upload nutritional information on food labels. (Free, premium is $3.33/month; App Store or Google Play)
NOAA Weather Radar tracks real-time weather conditions right on your phone so you can plan ahead for severe storms. Get push notifications whenever an alert is issued, plus customize weather reports to get the information you need quickly. (Free, in-app purchases; App Store or Google Play)
The Truckstop app is the fastest and most effective way to find loads. Post your truck, or choose from hundreds of thousands of loads posted daily. You can also see fuel prices, broker credit scores, and store and exchange documents. (Free, App Store or Google Play)
Waze uses your location to instantly tell you about traffic, construction, hazards, and more. It will automatically route changes to avoid any obstacles and traffic so you can get where you’re going faster. (Free, App Store or Google Play)
The Weather Channel provides forecasts up to two weeks in advance to help you plan ahead. Get severe weather alerts and see the conditions easily and quickly for the area you’re in. (Free, or $3.99 for ad-free; App Store or Google Play)
Set up at account at WeighMyTruck.com, then use the app when weighing your load. The app will automatically locate the CAT Scale you’re on and sync to your online account to maintain your history. You can weigh your truck and pay for the weigh all using your smartphone. Scale tickets will be sent to you via PDF and can be sent by you to up to five different email addresses. (Free; App Store or Google Play)