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There are many reasons as to why the trucking industry is using mobile technology more than ever before. Less drivers on the road, demands from customers, an increase in regulation as well as the availability of inexpensive fleet management solutions that can run on mobile devices are all contributing factors.
Recently, uShip has one a survey of 6,000 owner-operators to ask them how they use their mobile devices while on the road. The results show that 57% of them have used their cell phone for daily business more than last year, 37% use their cell phone to book a load, 33% rely on mobile apps to check up on weather conditions, traffic and gas prices. 20% of respondents have stated that they no longer take their laptop with them.
Mobile device use in the trucking industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. There has also been a number of industry-specific apps released which help owner-operators reduce their overall costs, satisfy their customers, increase the safety of their operations and comply with various regulatory guidelines.
There are also some other apps which simplify access to information while on the road and can also help drivers stay in touch. Not only to stay in with loved ones, but also to ensure their safety and the smooth efficiency of their load by checking nearest truck stops, truck repairs and tyre repair shops. However there is a list of the most popular and most used apps by truckers which has also been confirmed by the Truckrite crew. A brief summary of them is provided below.
Accidents related to texting while driving are on the rise. This app allows the driver to block text and email messages while driving and sends an automatic “I'm driving” reply. This app is increasing in popularity and downloads as more companies are requesting that drivers install out of safety reasons.
As truck drivers go through hundreds of gallons of fuel each week, even very small savings will add up in the long run. This free app allows users to report gas prices at thousands of stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy lets drivers see where they can find the cheapest fuel, locate the nearest gas stations and sort them by their prices.
This app is definitely a favourite among truckers, as it lets them save money by sourcing digital coupons that can be redeemed at over 5,000 truck stops all around the nation. It can also help them find truck stops, as well as locate the cheapest diesel in a defined area.
FatSecret Calorie Counter:
Eating healthy isn't always easy when you're out on the road. This app makes it a bit more convenient by allowing drivers to look up nutrition information for foods found in many restaurants. The user can also scan the barcode of a packaged food product to get detailed nutritional information. The calorie counter can add up the user's daily calorie, fat and carb intake.
Skype is certainly one of the most widely used communications tools around the world. It allows drivers to chat with dispatchers, colleagues, friends and family. Another useful feature is that it allows calls to be made to mobile and landline numbers much cheaper than most calling cards.
This app lets owner-operators easily place bids on loads that need to be shipped. Drivers can find nearby loads, place their bids and get automatic notifications of their statuses. An optional GPS tracking feature lets shippers and consignees know when they can expect their load to arrive.