If someone showed you a better route to take, saving you time and money, would you take that route?
Electronic Applications, or “Apps” for short, are pieces of software on mobile devices that serve to make your life easier. They act as shortcuts that help you complete tasks faster which translates to more money in your pocket and time to focus on the important stuff. Many apps are free or very inexpensive and most don’t require too much time to learn how to use them. In this article we’ll go over some of the best ones for truckers to have and how to best use them. If you aren’t using apps with your phone or tablet you are missing out on tons of great money and time-saving opportunities.
Gas Buddy – This a simple, easy to use app that can start saving you money immediately. All you need to do is download it to your phone, follow the account creation steps, punch in your zip code and find where the cheapest gas is in your area. It lets you sort by gas type so you can use this while you are on a long haul looking for the best diesel price or in your pickup on a camping trip. The app is kept up to date by users stopping at gas stations and plugging in the prices they see. You can earn points and discounts by contributing to the app so make sure to take advantage of this feature.
Truck Stops and Services – This is another free app that helps you find just what you are looking for while on the road. It shows nearby convenience stores, truck stops, weight stations, parts stores, mechanics and of course, the occasional chrome shop. To install it, download the app to your phone and follow the instructions on this page.
Trapster – This app is a great way to avoid speed traps, red light cameras and unnecessary tolls. Sometimes driving an extra mile before getting on a toll road can save you a few bucks! Users report locations where they’ve seen police hanging out and add them to the map. You’ll get custom audio alerts every time you are driving through an area with reported speed traps or red light cameras. Don’t use this as an excuse to drive like a lunatic though. Safety first.
Trucker Jobs App – Finding a job has never been easier. This app is a great way to find a company hiring in your area. Sometimes it’s time for a change or at least a comparison of benefits and pay.
Apps for Finding Hotshot Pickups and Partials – This is a bit trickier, and we know it is becoming more and more popular for owner/operators to look online to keep the wheels turning. One option is GetLoaded.com’s mobile app. This does require a subscription to their service to access. Another option is the Internet Truck Stop’s mobile app. You can download that here. This also requires a user ID on their website. Both of these options are a great and easy way to see available loads in your area and to post your truck for service.
These are just some of the great apps available to truckers. There are also plenty of great apps to help improve your daily life outside of your big rig. One example is Evernote, a note taking and messaging app for the scatterbrained individual. You can quickly take both audio and typed notes and have them synced to your desktop at home so they are never lost. This is a great way to stay on top of things. Another great lifestyle app is the MyFitnessPal app which is a calorie and exercise tracker. This can help you stay on top of personal health and how much you are (or aren’t) exercising.
If you can think it, there is probably an app for it so never stop searching for ways to make your life easier. The apps featured in this article are available for both Apple and Android devices but always make sure your device is compatible with app you are downloading.