There were over 1.3 million apps available in the Apple App Store last September1 and that number has since increased. No matter what type of smartphone you may have, apps have been developed to make our lives easier and keep us connected. Truck drivers are always on the move and many rely on their phone to help make routes more enjoyable. We don’t recommend using your phone while driving but when planning your route here are a few top free apps among truck drivers:
iExit Trucks offers insight into what each exit on highways across the United States have to offer when you’re planning your next meal or rest stop. You can check to see what is near you based on your location or plan ahead and look-up a specific exit. The Truck version of iExit even has categories such as truck stops, diesel, overnight truck parking, rest areas, weigh stations, truck repairs, truck washes, and more. They even have a section for truck stop chains where you can find the nearest Flying J or TA.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is an app to help you reach your exercise and diet goals. One of the features is tracking your food intake and their database has a lot of information on a variety of popular foods making the process effortless. It can be difficult to eat a healthy meal on the road, but My Fitness Pal can help you make better choices. Aside from tracking your meals you can also track your exercise progress. Achieving your fitness goals is easier when you can see the progress you’ve already made.
INRIX XD is an app completely focused on traffic updates. You can see traffic based on your location and view nearby incident reports. INRIX also has the functionality to notify you of any activity on your pre-saved route. Simply put in your route and receive alerts if there is anything that would cause a delay. If there is an incident, you can get details such as what’s causing the problem, the average speed through that particular route, and in some places they even have traffic cameras set up that you can view directly from your phone.
AroundMe is an app similar to iExit where it tells you what is nearby based on your location. AroundMe isn’t truck driver segmented so categories include banks, coffee shops, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, and supermarkets. Click on a nearby restaurant and you can get directions as well as hours, payment methods, and reviews from Yelp instantly.
With iHeartRadio you’ll never have to worry if you are in range of your favorite radio station’s frequency. Static and adjusting your dial will be a thing of the past. iHeart Radio offers live radio stations or gives you custom radio stations based on what genre of music you like. The service is completely free and to sign up you just need an email, Google+, or Facebook account.
Whether you are looking for a place to park overnight or just a good radio station, check your app store to find a solution. Many transportation companies even have apps for drivers log books and documentation. As technology advances and apps are developed, we can expect to see more solutions to make your hauls even smoother.