When it comes to life on the road, technology is changing how truck drivers handle day-to-day tasks. And this technology is not just limited to built-in telematics and truck features. From avoiding traffic jams to logging important data, truck drivers are relying on their mobile devices to help them drive smarter, to work more efficiently, and to even take care of their health.
Let’s take a look at the nine top apps for truck drivers and how they are improving daily life on the road.
The number one electronic logging device and electronic logbook for owner-operators, drivers, and fleets, BigRoad is designed to help drivers easily track their hours of service and to create ELD mandate compliant logs with the DashLink ELD. This app supports US FMCSA, DOT, and Canadian HOS rules, property and passenger-carrying rules, short-haul, oil field, and state rules for Alaska, California, and Texas.
With the app, drivers can create vehicle inspection reports, capture documents and photos with their device’s camera, and send logs and supporting documents via email.
Best for: Electronic logging and compliance with the US ELD mandate
Weigh stations and mobile inspection sites can slow drivers down and lead to an increased cost in fuel burned. Drivewyze allows drivers to bypass weigh stations and mobile inspection sites right from their personal smartphone or tablet. This helps to minimize weigh station stress and hassles, leading to faster delivery times. Depending on your carrier safety score, this app claims to allow you to bypass participating sites 50%-98% of the time.
Best for: Bypassing weigh stations and mobile inspections
Designed to make it easy to locate the cheapest fuel in the area, GasBuddy helps you sort through nearby fuel stations by price, location, and other important factors like restrooms and parking.
You can also use the app to track driving habits to learn how to optimize fuel usage, earn rewards, and log fill-ups in an easily exportable file.
Best for: Saving money on fuel costs
Pilot Flying J
For truck drivers who frequent Pilot Flying J’s, this app is a must. The Pilot Flying J app allows you to earn points faster, save more money, and get exclusive offers from partners to make each trip better.
Professional drivers will also be offered unique perks, such as free showers when fueling with Pilot Flying J, easy in-app shower reservation, and mobile fueling options to save time.
The robust app also offers tools to plan your perfect route, provides you with real-time access to the number of parking spots that are available at each location, and the ability to reserve your spot ahead of time.
Best for: Earning points and enjoying Flying J perks designed for professional drivers
Built for truckers by truckers, Rolling Strong is a wellness program specifically designed to serve professional drivers. This platform focuses on three main areas of health, including nutrition, fitness, and sleep. Through the app, drivers will build a dietary plan, workout plan, and will be provided with recommendations for nutrition and sleep.
Best for: Managing your health on the road
Considered the number one truck GPS, Trucker Path is trusted by millions of CDL truck drivers for navigation, finding truck stops, locating parking, mapping out weigh stations, and more. Downloading the app provides immediate access to a map designed specifically for truck drivers. This map includes access to 40,000+ trucking places, a trucking GPS navigation that allows for multi-day trip planning, and live info on parking, traffic, and weather.
Best for: Truck navigation and route planning
Using aggregated data from a massive user base, Waze allows you to always know what's happening on the road ahead. With this app, you’ll be given information about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more. Waze will also provide instant routing changes to avoid traffic and save time.
Best for: Avoiding traffic jams and being alerted about upcoming hazards
Weather Channel App
Keeping abreast of the weather is important for the safety of truck drivers. The Weather Channel App allows drivers to access up-to-date weather alerts, view radar maps, and access long-term forecasts. This app is easy to use and offers the longest-term forecasts available.
Best for: Up to date weather alerts and long-term forecasts
Weigh My Truck
Designed by the CAT Scale Company, Weigh My Truck allows drivers to sign up and use the app to weigh their trucks automatically. The app locates the CAT scale you pull up to and allows you to pay to be weighed all from within the app. You'll receive a PDF receipt of the ticket and weight information directly to your email without ever leaving your truck.
Best for: Easy, fast access to CAT Scale Company weigh stations
Visit Transwest for the Latest Commercial Truck Technology
Technology is transforming how the trucking industry operates. With these changes, there are now many methods for drivers and fleet managers to improve operations, increase efficiency, and, ultimately, increase earnings. At Transwest, we are passionate about providing drivers and companies with access to the latest and best in commercial trucking technology.
Talk to our team today about our inventory of top-of-the-line commercial vehicles. We work with leading manufacturers to acquire a premium selection of trucks that feature the best technology has to offer. From in-cab safety features to built-in telematics, we can help you find a truck to match your needs. Stop by a nearby location or reach out to our team by phone.
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