As a trucker, you know that the trucker’s life isn’t for everyone. Whether filling up at a gas station or taking time to stretch at a rest area, you have probably had at least one person say, “Must be fun!” or “You’re so lucky that you get to be your own boss!” While there is a sense of adventure and independence in the truck driving world, many non-truckers don’t know about the stressors of deadlines, the worry of an accident, bad weather or even those days when you’re just not feeling it. Being a trucker can be a thankless job and the sneers from impatient drivers can be annoying, but at the end of the day, you can take always take pride in your services and be happy that you caught another gorgeous sunset.
The long hours, the unexpected delays, and sudden changes of weather can all be a bit nerve wracking for experienced and new truckers; it’s just part of the job. Check out these apps to make the job a little bit easier and the ride more enjoyable. Safety Reminder: As with using any app for your smartphone, make sure you are following the rules of the road; never text and drive!
Looking for an app that can give you the “heads up” when you’re near a weigh station or want to know how and where you can bypass one? The Drivewyze PreClear app is a free 30-day trial, a reasonable amount of time to decide whether it’s helpful or not. Drivewyze is officially endorsed by state trucking associations and the American Trucking Associations. Worried if it’s a “legit” app? Drivewyze has obtained permission from state law enforcement agencies to provide weigh station and inspection site bypass to truckers. This app may not be applicable in every state so be sure to check it out to see if it’s worth your time. In addition to working at fixed weigh stations and mobile sites, the app is secure and shares no private information. Many users rave at the quick and easy setup.
In the spirit and trend of ride sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, the Cargomatic app allows truck drivers to make some extra money if they have extra space in their truck. This app allows truckers to be in control and independent. If they receive a notification for a pickup opportunity, all they need to do is say “yes” or “no”. The rest of the details are already in place.
Overdrive’s Trucker Tools app is the “little bit of everything” for long road truckers. Need to know the weather, the location of the closest rest area, or want to plan ahead for any detours? All the pertinent information to make your job a little easier and the ride more fun is in this app. There’s no need to have separate apps for various needs.
Smartphone apps for truckers can be invaluable tools to make top dollar without sacrificing too much of your sleep or sanity. While it may take some time to find the right app for you, there are a few great apps you should certainly test.
My Bio: Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.