Best Trucking Apps for Drivers in 2019
Truckers use their smart devices for many things, from GPS, weather, managing HOS, finding a truck wash, bypassing weigh scales, logbooks, managing documents, diet, finding entertainment, and more.
With required electronic logging devices (ELDs) in most long-haul trucks, fleets are requiring drivers to access more and more apps on their phones or tablets and owner-operators cannot succeed without taking advantage of useful apps.
In 2019, there are a lot of trucking apps on the Apple and Android (Google Play) app stores, and many of them are bad. This list captures the top 5 apps that are free for truck drivers that many in the industry agree are straight forward and get the job done as promised.
1. Trucker Path
When it comes to trucker apps Trucker Path is the standard. It is by far the most downloaded free app for truck drivers and it has really good reviews from truck drivers. This app has been downloaded over a million times and on a rating scale of 1 to 5 it is near 4.8 stars. Impressive!
Talk to any truck driver that uses apps and they will tell you that Trucker Path is a must download for your smartphone and/or tablet.
Whether you are looking for truck stops, parking availability, fuel prices, or weigh station status, this app has got you covered. It does it all
and has a strong reputation for being reliable.
Trucker Path Features
Truck Stops: Use it to help navigate thousands of truck stops across the United States and find out which services and amenities they offer.
Truck Parking: Find the right parking spot for your truck and do it in real-time.
Walmart Truck Parking: Use the app to find Walmart truck parking across America. Their database has over 3,800 Walmart locations, including ones
that allow truck parking. For an explanation on how to do it you can go here.
Weigh Stations: Check if the upcoming weigh station is open or closed and do it in real-time.
Fuel Prices: Helps you find places to stop for fuel and allows you to compare diesel prices.
Truck Wash: The Trucker Path app has over 400 truck wash locations, including independent wash stations and trailer washout locations.
Navigation: Use the app to plan your trip and find points of interest too.
GasBuddy is an app that truck drivers have been using for years. It is one of the best free apps for finding low gas prices, including diesel prices. If you are looking to save money fueling up your semi truck truck for long distances I suggest you give the GasBuddy app a try.
GasBuddy has had over 10 million downloads and has a great average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Find The Perfect Stop: Locate gas stations with the lowest priced gas based on your location. You can also also filter by price, location, brand, and amenities that the station offers.
Price Hike Alerts: Get an alert when prices are expected to go up so that you can fill up at the lower price.
Trip Cost Calculator: Calculate how much it will cost you in fuel to complete a trip.
3. FatSecret Calorie Counter
FatSecret is fast becoming a weight control favorite among truck drivers. It is a free calorie counter app that truckers can use while on the road or at home. Use this app the next time you eat at a restaurant or pickup food somewhere else. Driving a truck can take a toll on your health because of all the sitting you do, make sure you are not taking into you body more calories than you are burning by using this app.
FatSecret has had over 10 million downloads and has an average user rating of 4.4 stars on a 5 star scale.
Fast and Easy: The fastest and easiest calorie counting app you will find.
Food Diary: Helps you keep track of what you are eating and what you have eaten.
Nutritional Information: Find out nutritional information for all foods, brands, and even restaurants.
Exercise Diary: Record all the calories you burn.
Weight Chart: A place to record you weight and track your weight loss progress.
4. Trucker Tools
The Trucker Tools app is similar to the Trucker Path app I listed as number one. This app is also used by truckers to find the nearest truck stop, get real time diesel prices, and the fastest truck route to deliver a load. I would say it isn’t as good as the Trucker Path app but it’s still pretty good.
It has been downloaded over 100 thousand times and has an average rating of 3.9 stars on a 5 star scale.
Trucker Tools Features:
Truck Stops: Provides an accurate list of truck stops along your specific route. You can search truck stops within a 50-mile radius, by city, or exit number.
Diesel Prices: Helps you find the lowest diesel prices and truck stops.
Traffic Information: Get real time traffic information.
Weather: Find live weather conditions.
Coupons and Sales: Find deals that are offered by truck stops to help you choose which stop to go to.
Weigh Scales: Get help finding weigh stations and rest areas. You will also be able to find out if a weigh station are open or not
Truck Wash: Find places to wash your truck.
Trucking Jobs: There is a place to look for trucking jobs.
Message Board: A free message board to stay in contact with other truck drivers or to make new friends.
5. Drivewyze Weight Station PreClear
Drivewyze is a free trucker app that lets you bypass weigh stations at over 700 sites. This app save truckers time and money. Depending on your carrier safety score you can be allowed to bypass scales in states throughout the United States.
For a list of supported states and sites you should visit this page.
It has been downloaded over 100 thousand times and has an average user rating of 4.4 stars on a 5 star rating scale.
Bypass Weigh Scales: Depending on your carrier safety score you can be allowed to bypass weigh scales.
Heads Up Alert: Even if you don’t get the bypass service you can receive a heads up alert for over 1,200 weigh stations in the United States. The alert will notify you when you are 2 miles away from the station or mobile inspection site.
Endorsed: The Drivewyze app is endorsed by many state trucking associations and the American Trucking Associations.
Updates Regularly: Adds new states and site location updates often.
Optimization: Low data usage and won’t drain your battery.
Bonus New App in 2019: Permit Book App And Document Manager
Permit Book driver app and document manager tool allows documents to be electronically loaded, assigned to a driver, truck or trailer that can then be accessed and viewed anywhere while the driver is on the road.
Permit Book Features
Cloud Based: Permit Book is a cloud-based driver app that loads, organizes, and stores critical documents such as registrations, maintenance inspections, permits, medical cards, insurance certificates, virtually any document a driver might need out on the road. Documents are categorized based on the driver login and which truck and trailer they select after logging in.
Easy Updates: Permit Book documents are easy to load, edit and update. Downloaded documents are cached and viewable even when there is no cell phone service.
Free for owner operators!