Trucker Apps: Money Saving
When it comes to saving money, there are direct and indirect ways to do it. We share a lot of direct ways to save money on this site.
Sometimes saving time results in cost savings. An example of this is when it takes less time to travel a slightly longer, better flowing truck route as opposed to a shorter, congested one.
Sometimes conveniences result in cost savings through your not having to stop as often to take care of needs. An example of this is being able to combine your errands at Business A (which has all of the products and services you need) instead of having to visit Businesses B and C (that together have the products and services you need).
Consider the types of products or services that you as a professional truck driver may need: fuel, food, shower, truck stop store item, fax service, trip envelope drop box or scanning service, truck repair, truck wash, etc.
A Trucking Magazine's List
According to the July 2011 issue of Overdrive Magazine, these apps for professional truck drivers (alphabetized here) are especially helpful for Owner-Operators: Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator, DriveReply, HazRef 2008, iGetLoaded, iLogMiles, ITS Trucker, Mack Dealer Locator, Michelin Truck Tires Locator, Mobile Warrior iDDL, My DAT Truckstop, Pilot store locator, Pocket FuelCal, TQL Freight Finder, Trapster, TripPak Mobile, Truck Smart, Truck Stop Coupons, Trucker, Trucker Net, Truckster, uDrove, uShip mobile, Winter Chain Laws, and Xata Turnpike Route Tracker.
Their article explained a bit about each one.
Another Trucking Magazine's List
The November 2011 issue of Truckers News provides its own list (on pages 19-25) of trucker apps (some of which may be free, others paid) by categories, but which we have alphabetized here: Axle Weight Calculator, Continental service locator, Drive Axle, DriveReply, Fuel Surcharge Calculator, HazRef2008, iDDL, iHeartRadio, iLogMiles, Insure My Truck, Last.fm, Mack Dealer locator, Michelin service locator, Otter, Pandora's Radio, Pilot Travel Centers' store locator, PocketFuelCal, Scale It, Sirius XM Internet Radio, See It Ship, Spotify, Trapster, TripPak Mobile, Travel Centers of America's TruckSmart, Trucker Tools, Trucker's Axle Weight Calc, TruckerNet, Truckster, TuneIn, uDrove, Winter Chain Laws, Xata Turnpike RouteTracker and ZoomSafer.
These are other lists of trucker apps we've found online:
We began compiling our own list of truly helpful, family-friendly money saving trucker apps. These may be free or paid and we've marked the ones we know are paid. We're listing the links we've found so you can read about each one.
Disclaimer: Personally, we got Smartphones in February 2012, but don't rely on any of the apps on this page professionally. We did use one app to find rest areas and truck stops during our trip to and back from the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention, but that was a once-a-year event.
So, we're relying on two things -- our own research and your help -- to provide here the premier list of money saving trucker apps. We accept no liability for the accuracy of any information (or lack thereof) generated by the apps listed on this page. At least one app we know of cranks out information that could be used against you, so please use discretion in the ones you use.
This page is a work in progress. Since our site is the place where you can get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers, here's what we ask from you:
If you have a better source for an app we've listed;
if you know of a hyperlink for an app where one isn't listed yet;
if there is a money saving trucker app that you just love that we should add to our list;
if we've listed an app that should be struck from the list;
if we didn't list that a particular app costs money (and needs to be marked "paid"); or
if you find that an app is not truly family-friendly,
please let us know through the form below.
Technology being what it is, we're sure that more time or money saving trucker apps are bound to be developed.
Update: This article says that an analysis found that Android smartphone software tracks every user's actions and keystrokes.
Update: Another list of apps that may be of help to you is here.
Update: Overdrive Online said in March 2013: "More and more, owner-operators are leaving their laptops back at the home base and doing business on the road exclusively from their smartphones and tablets."
Now that you know that, here's the list...
|Trucker App Name||Android||Blackberry||iPhone/iPad||Windows|
|BorderPass for US Borders||link||link||link||link|
|Michelin® Truck Tires Locator||link||link||link||link|
|My DAT Trucker Services||link||link||link||link|
|Road Conditions Pro 1.0.1||link||link||link||link|
|TND 510 IntelliRoute 5||link||link||link||link|
|Truck & Travel Stops (paid)||link (2)||link||link||link|
|Truck Manager Pro 2||link||link||link||link|
|Truck Stops and Services||link||link||link||link|
|Trucker Tools (Truck Stop Coupons)||link||link||link||link|
|Trucker's Axle Weight Calc||link||link||link||link|
|Truck Stops Pro (paid)||link||link||link||link|
|Vehicle Mileage/Expense Log||link||link||link||link|
|Voice Text Pro (paid)||link||link||link||link|
Our thanks go to Sean for suggesting the iPhone link for Truck Stops Pro!
Our thanks go to Kelly for suggesting BigRoad!
Our thanks go to Danny for suggesting uFollowit!
Our thanks go to John for suggesting Truck Manager Pro 2!
Here's where to suggest, update or comment...
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