The trucking industry is being continually hit by government regulations, fuel prices, driver shortages and capacity limits. Despite these setbacks, trucking is not going to disappear anytime soon. Can you imagine the world without trucks? Look around you – there’s probably something within eyesight that was delivered by a truck.
So, how can trucking companies recruit the next generation of drivers? Mobile technology is a great place to start, considering that half of Americans own a smartphone. The following apps, originally curated by trucking blog Nulogx, may be a great advantage to current and future truckers:
1. CoPilot Live Truck ($149.99)
This app is not cheap, but it offers a remarkable service. CoPilot is a voice-guided GPS navigation system. Drivers simply input load type, weight, and vehicle size to get customized, truck-legal routes. The app also offers downloadable maps for easy viewing with or without internet access. Drivers no longer have to worry about roads with weight restrictions and low clearances.
2. Trucker Tools (Free)
This app boasts offerings such as a truck stop locator, trucker-specific restaurant promotions, real-time traffic updates, diesel prices, and a trucking job board. It also offers a listing of scales and a fuel optimizer program. Trucker Tools is currently the most comprehensive trucker database in the U.S.
3. GasBuddy (Free)
This app is a hit for truck drivers as well as price-conscious consumers. It helps drivers find the cheapest gas prices around the U.S. and Canada. Users can enter their location and compare gas prices as well as different services and offerings that gas stations provide.
4. Skype (Free)
Skype may not be the first app you’d think of for a truck driver, considering he or she is on the road most of the time, but think about it: Drivers spend much of their time away from family and friends. If the person the user is calling already has Skype, then the call is free. But if they are calling a non-Skype user, fees apply for landlines and cell phones, although they are cheaper than pre-paid calling cards.
5. CamScanner (Free or Premium $4.99/month or $49.99/year)
It can be frustrating for truck drivers to keep all of their paper documents organized and easily-accessible. CamScanner turns any smartphone into a portable scanner to archive documents in one place. Once they’re saved, they can be cropped, enhanced, and opened from any device.
6. FatSecret (Free)
Driving jobs are infamous for enabling unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. BUT, if drivers stay active and make healthy eating choices, they don’t have to follow suit. FatSecret keeps track of the user’s food choices, exercise habits and weight. It has a calorie counter and offers nutrition information, a barcode scanner for labels, an exercise diary, weight chart, and a journal for documenting progress.
Will these apps attract new drivers to the trucking industry? What do you think is an effective way to retain and recruit drivers? Leave a comment below.