As an Over the Road driver, your phone is your lifeline. Now more than ever, it is easy to control everyday tasks with your phone. Not only is it your top communication tool, but a lot of today’s phone apps help truck drivers:
- budget and stay on top of finances
- stay on diet or exercise routines
- have access to weather and traffic reports
- stay entertained, and
- keep connected to home!
So, which apps are the best for new or experienced truckers? Here are a few of our favorites you might want to download before you hit the road.
Pandora – Pandora is an online streaming radio service. Whether you like country music or hard rock, there’s a station for you. Who doesn’t love a great playlist of all your 80s-hair-banging favorites? Best of off, you can sing as loud as you want in your truck – no one will know. The basic service is free, and a commercial-free premium version is just $9.99 per month.
Stitcher – Prefer podcasts? Stitcher is the easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone or Android phone. Podcasts are a great way to pass the time on the road. You can find a new series based on your favorite topics and have new episodes to look forward to. Or, do what we all do and binge listen to the series that are already out there! The Trucking Podcast, TalkCDL or Trucker Dump are a few entertaining and insightful series.
Audible – Let’s face it – reading in a truck is hard to do.* Audible is an online audiobook service provided by Amazon. Plans start at $14.95 per month after a free trial period. Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time and get through all the best-sellers on your list. Whether you are interested in sci-fi or how-to books on being the best in the trucking industry, with over 400,000 titles available, you’ll never run out of ‘reading’ material!
*While we hope it goes without saying, don’t actually try to read while driving. Save the actual books for breaks or home time.
Skype – Face-to-face connection is important while you’re out on the road. If you don’t have FaceTime through an iPhone, or Duo on Android, Skype is a great alternative for video calls. Video calls are free, and being able to see someone while catching up makes the miles between you seem shorter.
Whatsapp – Looking for a messenger service that is a more secure alternative to Facebook Messenger? With this app, all calls and messages you share are unencrypted and secure. With Whatsapp, you can send video or audio messages, share your location, or set up a group chat, along with many other advantages. Avoid SMS fees and still have full messaging capabilities.
Waze – With Waze, you can get real-time traffic and road condition updates, as well as accident, or road hazard alerts. And because Waze maps are continually being updated by members of the community they’re constantly improving routing for everyone — no more dead ends!
Gas Buddy – On the surface, Gas Buddy just shows you where the cheapest gas is. But it’s an in-depth app that gives truckers access to fuel prices nationwide, as well as a price map, cost calculator, and price charts. Though company drivers won’t have to pay for their own fuel, the app can provide cash back when you do fill up. It’s free for both Apple and Android and has proven to be beneficial to truckers!
Trucker Path – With Trucker Path, you can get real-time updates on information vital to truckers. It’s especially helpful for new truckers who don’t yet have a Rolodex of information stored away. This app provides info on weigh stations, truck washes, fuel stations, and more.
Wunderlist – Stay on top of things and get stuff done back home with Wunderlist. With this app you can organize household lists, no matter how big or small they might be. You can set up reminders, or assign to-do tasks to other users.
MyFitnessPal – Sticking to a diet or eating healthy can be tough on the road. My Fitness Pal allows you to track your meals and fitness through its app. The basic service is free or you can upgrade to the premium version for $9.99 per month. Available on Apple and Android.
Mint – Keep track of your bills, bank accounts, and credit score with Mint. The service allows you to link all your bills and bank accounts to your account, making it easier to keep track of your finances.
Smartphones have become increasingly more important over the past decade. With new apps being added, and existing apps being updated daily, it’s easier than ever to stay healthy, connected, and organized as a truck driver.
Have you used these apps in your trucking career? What others are your favorite to use? Join the conversation and share your favorite phone apps on our Facebook page!