Smartphones are impressive devices, enabling truck drivers to place calls, send texts, access the internet, send and receive emails, keep track of your schedule in your calendar and stay on route with GPS – no doubt you use your phone in many ways to benefit your job and your life.
Today, there are hundreds of apps designed specifically for truck drivers, owner-operators and small trucking fleet owners. Here are favorite 5 mobile apps intended to help make your life as a truck driver easier. Though all of these apps have a free version, some have a paid version that offers additional features. No matter how long you’ve been a road warrior, these Android or Apple iOS apps can help save you time and money.
CamScanner is a very popular mobile app that can assist you in your day-to-day business activities. Camscanner allows you to instantly scan your business documents, such as bill ladings, log books, checks, etc. with your phone or tablet, making it easy to manage, sync, update and share them no matter where you are. Once CamScanner is installed onto your device, any document or photo you see in the real world can be digitized using your phone or tablet’s camera; just take a picture of whatever you want scanned. You can scan many pages, text or graphics, CamScanner will then guide you through autocropping and auto-enhancing features. Once you’re satisfied with the look of your document, you can choose to print, email or fax it. The batch document feature makes it easy to manage multiple documents at one time. The OCR search feature makes it easy to find previous documents too, which can be a real time-saver. If you’re not using CamScanner yet, consider downloading this app today!
Waze is a community-sourced GPS and interactive mapping program that helps drivers stay on top of weather, traffic, police and hazardous conditions using traffic alerts, navigation and the input of other drivers. The interface is uniquely user-friendly and detailed so you have specific information about obstacles that lie ahead on a particular route. Waze also suggest alternative routing when there is a problem area ahead. Another great feature of Waze is information on the best places to save money on fuel as reported by other Waze drivers.
This is a community-driven navigational app that helps truckers plan their trip. It offers real-time information about truck stops, parking, way-stations, scale stations, rest stops and more, all updated by other truck drivers. Other drivers leave reviews and input real-time information about open parking spaces, fuel costs, way station closures, and other pertinent information of interest to truck drivers. On average, this app saves drivers 11 hours per month.
Drivewyze is a weigh station bypass service for truckers, providing bypasses at fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites across the country, right on your device. The app is hands-free and requires no driver interaction. Drivewyze notifies you of upcoming weigh station and inspection sites at over 1,200 locations across the country. The paid service also provides drivers with bypass opportunities at over 600 sites. No matter which version you subscribe to, Drivewyze offers free HeadsUp Alerts, available at over 1,200 weigh station and mobile inspection sites across the U.S. Drivewyze integrates with Omnitracs ELD, a partner program offered with AAOO membership. With Omnitracs, Drivewyze is built into your in-cab device. Omnitracs ELD, with the Drivewyze integration, will help you save time and money as well as be prepared for the e-logging regulations that will go into effect December 2017.
5. Lose It! Weight Loss App
Losing and maintain a healthy weight can be challenging for truck drivers, due to the long hours of driving, lack of cooking facilities and bombardment of unhealthy food options. The Lose It! app is a helpful tool for tracking your food intake and calorie consumption in only a few clicks. Basically, you set a goal and the app will match you with a personalized daily calorie budget and weight loss plan. Then, you track your means and exercise with the easy-to-use database and tracking tools. You can connect your devices, fitness trackers and integrate other apps to see all of your activities and biometric tracking in one place. There is also a Lose It! weight loss community to cheer you on, inspire and challenge you! To date, more than 56,000,000 pounds have been lost using this app.
Mobile applications, like the ones listed above, can help drivers, owner-operators and small fleet owners take advantage of modern technology using a smartphone or tablet device to help save money, manage time and get healthier. AAOO is dedicated to helping commercial truck drivers live a healthier, wealthier lifestyle. Don’t delay – join our membership today! We look forward to helping you become a healthier – and wealthier – trucker!