5 Awesome Apps for Truck Drivers 

Anyone with a smartphone and data connection can send emails, shop for goods, make reservations, and connect with friends or even total strangers. However, the endless amount of resources available on the internet can be, at times, completely overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like digging through an unorganized toolbox, trying to find the exact right tool for a job. The frustrating part (of both the internet and your messy toolbox) is you know the perfect solution is in there somewhere.  

The Right Tool for the Job 

Apps help to organize some of what the internet has to offer.  Whether for business, entertainment, music, or health, apps usually stick to serving one designated function or solving one specific problem. They save time by storing user information and being quickly accessible.

 

  1. ICG ProfitCalc – a bidding app that helps you negotiate with brokers and shippers smarter. It calculates specific profit margins based on your projected annual costs and specific load-by-load rate calculations. The calculations are based on load mileage and other key details, and this is all clearly laid out for you in fillable data fields. A onetime cost of $15 will get you this number crunching app.
     
  2. Trucker Path – a free navigation app that will help you find the nearest truck stop, gas station (with truck clearance), repair shop, or weigh station no matter where you are. The big benefit of this app is that it updates in real time to tell you if a weigh station is open or closed, if there’s available parking at any given truck stop, and even current fuel prices at gas stations.
     
  3. Rolling Strong – a free health and wellness app from a company dedicated to the wellbeing of truck drivers. The app offers nutritional guidance by suggesting meals and exercise programs based on your daily sleep, exercise, and water and calorie intake. Maybe the coolest feature is the fitness competitions with other drivers who use the app. The motivation to win these competitions? Points that can be used towards food, merchandise, and free showers. The Rolling Strong App is free to download.
     
  4. iHeartRadio – a music, radio, and podcast app with various subscription levels to choose from. The free version gives you access to AM/FM radio stations from around the world. You can skip up to six songs per hour, per station. iHeart Plus gives you more control over what plays. For $5 a month, you can play specific tracks on demand and have unlimited skips. The All Access subscription is $10 per month. This one allows you to listen even while offline; no need for a wi-fi or data connection. Both paid versions offer a 30-day free trial.
  5.  Facebook – you probably already use this social media platform, but the free Facebook app makes it even easier to stay connected and take advantage of all that Facebook has to offer. For example, you can play games with your friends and even buy and sell items and services on the Facebook Marketplace. Share and store pictures and video, and even message and video chat with friends and family– all from the app. While you’re at it, follow the US Cargo Control Facebook page for great deals and information.

 

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Useful Apps for Truck Driving

phoneThere’s no question it takes a special type of person to hit the open road and work as a trucker, moving the goods of America from coast to coast.  While the days of struggling to find the right road in a Rand McNally road atlas are gone, the change in technology can be a huge boost to truckers who now have a wide variety of helpful apps they can grab right off of their smart phone to make life easier on the road.  In no particular order, here are ten great apps for truck driving that every driver may want to consider getting on their smart phone or tablet:

Big Road Free Trucker Log
This phone app is designed specifically for use with Android devices only, but it’s a great tool for keeping track of your mileage as well as every other part of the trucker’s daily log.

Trucker App & GPS for Truckers
Offers invaluable turn-by-turn voice-guided directions with satellite or map views, with re-routing option so you can avoid areas you don’t want to travel through. Also lets you view travel centers, weight stations, travel centers and more. Includes an easy-to-use MPG price calculator. For Android devices only.

Skype App
This is a great way to keep in touch with family and loved ones when pulled over for a break, the night, or a meal.  The ability to actually see your family as opposed to just hearing your voice can be a big deal for those long trips. Available for Android and Apple products.

Netflix App
For entertainment purposes, it’s hard to beat seeing a good new movie or TV series just out on Netflix. The easy-to-use site offers a huge variety of movies and shows; great for passing the time on a break or before calling it a night. Available for Android and Apple products.

Fuel Dawg
 Fluctuating gas prices are enough to make anyone crazy, especially those on the road every day. Fuel Dawg  searches its data base of over 7,000 locations to find the cheapest diesel fuel near the user’s location. Features of the truck stops are also displayed, including showers, parking, repair options, etc. For Android products only; another similar app that gets rave reviews and is available for Apple: GasBuddy.

iHeartRadio
 This app gives access to thousands of songs in many different styles – so you don’t have to rely on the one or two sole radio stations in the area for your music. Available for Android and Apple products.

Audible
 A great alternative to music apps, this one offers up a wide selection of audio books. Available for Android and Apple products.

Truck Driver Forum
 Good social app that allows truck drivers to connect with one another sharing advice, warnings, or stories of all types.

Around Me
 This will help a trucker identify anything in the area from local restaurants to truck stops, hotels, sites to see, and whatever else there are files on in the area. Available for Android and Apple products.

LoseIt!
 For truck drivers looking to count calories and keep the gut in check, this is one of the most popular calorie counting apps out there. Available for Android and Apple products.

If you have some favorite apps for truck driving that you use regularly, please let us know so we can highlight them in a future blog post.