Theres no arguing technology is making our lives easier. Our phones help us stay connected, pay our bills, find the best fuel prices and much, much more. Many companies have developed apps to help out drivers. There are casserole apps that combine many things a driver may want in an app, and there are separate plate apps that keep your corn from touching your potatoes– apps that are specifically for one individual need of the trucker at a time.
If you’re looking for a casserole app that will show you near-by truck stops, list diesel fuel prices, Wal-Marts, rest stops, scales and DAT loads, My DAT is the app for you. The application is available to both Android and iPhone users, and with more than 100,000 downloads and a 4.4/5 rating, the app has proven to be trucker friendly. One driver said the app is good, “because it will tell you everything you need to know in one application. You don’t have to open a bunch of different apps to know fuel prices or where you can park you truck that night, My DAT does it all. Plus, it’s more reliable than my navigation, because it constantly updates new or closed stores or stops.”
My DAT features:
-Truck Stops “ get details and directions to nearby truck stops from our directory of thousands of truck stops nationwide, including Petro, Flying J, Pilot, TA, Love’s as well as AM-Best, Roady’s and other independents. Sort on nearby truck stops by distance, diesel price and parking spaces.
-Truck Stop Amenities “ see how many parking spaces, showers, fuel lanes, services bays and whether there is WiFi, laundry and a truck wash.
-Diesel Prices “ where available, see nearby diesel prices at nearby truck stops, including Petro, Flying J, Pilot, TA, Love’s and AM-Best locations.
-Walmart “ find nearby Walmarts with maps and directions.
-Blue Beacon – find nearby truck washes and directions.
-Rest Stops “ find nearby rest stops with maps and directions.
-CAT Scales “ find nearby CAT Scales with maps and directions.
-DAT Loads “ see up to 25 nearby freight loads and a maximum of 100 per day from the DAT Load monitor network.
-Download it for free at Android Marketplace or iTunes.
If you’re looking for an app that gives you useful information about truck stops, then Truck Stop Pro might be what you’re looking for. The application is available for Android and iPhone users for $2.99.
Truck Stop Pro features:
-Nearly 3300 Truck Stops and Travel Centers, Pilot, Flying J, Love’s, Travel Centers of America, Petro, Sabb and thousands of independents as well as over 2000 US Pacific Pride Commercial Fueling Stations all at your fingertips.
-Over 2000 Rest Areas in the US, view them all, or only those in the direction you are traveling with a single click.
-Over 900 Weigh Station locations.
-Over 8100 potential Parking locations when in a bind, including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Clubs, Home Depot, Lowes and Costo’s, with the ability to call them with a single click to ensure they won’t mind an overnight guest in their parking lot.
-Simple, easy interface, fire it up and go. 1 Screen and 1 Finger interface. Keep your eyes on the road, no complicated multiple screen interactions.
-See whats near you (default behavior) via GPS, or search.
-Locations identified by company logos, see what’s where quickly and easily.
-Visual referencing, no text lists, but graphical map view, see exactly where things are.
-Quickly snap back to your local location on the map with a single tap.
-Get accurate driving directions to the location you select, with a simple button click.
-If the database has a phone number for the travel plaza, you can also call the selected location with a simple button click.
-Chain locations now have button click to that takes you directly to the individual locations web information,Love’s, Pilot, Flying J and Travel Centers of America.. will be adding this feature to the other chains shortly.
-Easily show only the chain you interested in, or show all.
-Works in portrait and landscape mode, so don’t be afraid to turn your phone sideways and pop out your keyboard.
To find the cheapest gas on your route, Gas Buddy is the one of the go-to applications many truckers use. Gas Buddy is a community of users working to help save others’ money. Users submit current fuel prices in their area. Each time a user submits a new gas price, he or she is entered into a weekly drawing for $250. Best of all, Gas Buddy is a free app!
-Gas Buddy prices are only for Canada and the United States
Check out our website for video tutorials on these and other apps. If you have an app you love, head over to the CDL Life Facebook page and let us know!