Living life on the road as a truck driver can be a fun and exciting career that allows you to travel while seeing our country and all of its wonders. With that being said, do you know where these wonders are all located? Or better yet, do you know where our nation’s truck stops, exits, restaurants, etc. are located? How about the newest form of text messaging where you could send a million texts and never go over on your texting plan? Did you know there’s an app to keep your logs organized on your phone? Apps were always discussed and considered to be the tools of tomorrow, and guess what? That tomorrow has finally come. Let’s go over some of the revolutionary apps that can change your daily routine and assist you in time management, structured logs, and in some cases, make you more money!
Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app. On Waze, millions of drivers from across the country join forces to outsmart traffic, save time, gas money and improve daily commuting for all. By simply driving around with Waze open you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events that you see on the road as well as get road alerts on your route. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared fuel prices. Waze also makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road. It’s all about contributing to and benefiting from the ‘common good’ on the road. Hop on board and get involved in your local driving community today! Credit – Actual apps description
Writer’s Thoughts – This is a great app for 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.
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. * GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group conversations with your contacts. * 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. * Credit – Actual apps description
Writer’s thoughts – Forget about the fact that Facebook just bought this app for 19 Billion Dollars; there was a reason for it. One of the primary 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. So go ahead and download WhatsApp now, 450 million users can’t be all wrong.
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
Writer’s Thoughts – Have you ever been on the interstate, waiting to see when that next truck stop is coming up and all you see is nothing? Change that by downloading the Truck Stops app. It’s pretty much self explanatory. I can’t remember how many times I needed this app being on the road. It’s really easy to use and I would download it now, now, now! Plus, it’s the first app with info for truck stops!
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! DAILY DRIVER LOGS THE EASY WAY. Keeps track of your duty status changes and builds a clean, compliant and fully editable log through the day. HOW MUCH DRIVING TIME DO YOU HAVE? Automatically calculates available drive time and recap using your chosen Hours of Service (HOS) rules. STOP WAITING IN LINE FOR FAX Send driver logs, vehicle inspection reports (DVIR), and scanned documents directly to your fleet from the app. Print or save PDF of logs too. ULTIMATE 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
Writer’s Thoughts – If you’re into commercial driving, then you already know how important having your logs in order can be. Big Road Free Truck Driver Log Book App is really easy to use and well worth the download.
*** iExit is now FREE for the rest of 2014! *** 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 believe iExit will change the way you travel? Ask The New York Times, USA Today, Consumer Reports, CNET, MacWorld, The Today Show, ABC News, and many more. Here’s what CNN had to say about iExit: Do you have enough gas to wait until the next town? Is there a bathroom coming up any time soon? Need to buy a tent at Wal-Mart? The iExit app will tell you exactly what lies ahead.” - CNN.com Don’t take another road trip without iExit! ** Important Notes ** ● 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 Credit – Actual apps description
Writer’s Thoughts – 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. Some apps are developed to make life easier for the average person and iExit is a perfect example of just that. Can’t wait to hit the road using this one!
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
Writer’s Thoughts – This has to be my favorite app on the list. It really covers more needs for that I don’t know where I am moment than anything. It’s helpful for more of those random searches. A lot of apps can find the basics, AroundMe finds the rest for you!
In closing, the “Apple App Store” and the “GooglePlay” stores are loaded with thousands of apps with thousands more to come. In regards to the 6 above, these are more of the essentials for the new or experienced truck driver. Have fun downloading them, and remember, App responsibly!
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises