We live in a time of rapid technological development, everything we do is often dependent on technology, and it is technology that helps us avoid a lot of different inconveniences. Rapidly evolving applications have penetrated almost every aspect of everyday life and have made things easier for us. We've picked out some of the best truck apps useful for every driver. Make your life easier with them too!
Best navigation apps for trucks
Life on the road is full of stress and unpredictable situations. You never know what lurks around the corner, especially after a long day behind the wheel of a multi-ton truck.
Sygic Truck Navigation is the most downloaded offline navigation app. Find everything truck drivers need. From size, type and emission standards to hazardous materials and other truck parameters. With comprehensive settings for trucks, the app can create optimal routes for you to choose from. You'll avoid sharp curves, unsuitable bridges, tunnels and other restrictions that may lurk for trucks on their routes. Sygic also shares information on parking spaces and fuel stations for trucks and buses.
Offline maps are updated regularly in the app, so you don't have to worry about not being able to get around without the internet. Sygic Navigation will also always show you the current and maximum speed limit. Plus, thanks to its extensive speed camera database, it helps you avoid speeding fines.
2) PTV NAVIGATOR
PTV Navigator is an app designed specifically for truck drivers and offers various useful functionalities. Route planning considers the current road situation and vehicle size or weight restrictions. You'll also find a parking assistant and automatic updates on the time to reach your destination. All these features make the app very popular among truck drivers.
The PTV Navigator app also has the advantage of real-time traffic information. This allows the navigation system to suggest a new route based on the situation. In addition, it is very user-friendly and available in 20 languages.
The Waze app is the ideal choice for urban use. It offers online updates on traffic jams, accidents, closures, police checks and other important aspects. If there are any changes to your route, Waze will find a better one and automatically reroute you. You can search for places not only by address but also by name, which is huge the advantages of cafes and shops. The downside is that you need an internet connection to use Waze and it's not optimized for trucks.
4) COPILOT GPS
It's hard to compete with navigation giants like Google Maps or Waze, but when it comes to offline use, it's possible. CoPilot GPS is the perfect app for when you're abroad and don't want to spend money roaming or stopping at every gas station with Wi-Fi to update your Google Maps. This app has turn-by-turn voice navigation and provides traffic information.
The availability of offline maps is the only major difference between Google Maps and CoPilot GPS, so if you don't have an internet connection problem, the free Google Maps or Waze apps are preferable.
5) INROUTE PLANNER
This app is ideal for long, indirect journeys with breaks for sleep and food. The driver can choose a route and intuitively mark where and when they want to stop. Considering weather and road curves and elevation, a very handy feature for heavy truck drivers.
The app is available for iOS.
6) GOOGLE MAPS
Google Maps is the most handy and well-known navigation app worldwide. If the road situation changes, a real-time update will automatically switch you to a different route. It continuously checks the availability and speed of other options. The 'Explore nearby' feature helps you find suitable hotels, petrol stations, cafes or restaurants, including reviews from previous users of the app. Please note: Maps will only work without an internet connection if you save your route beforehand.
TRUCK PARKING EUROPE
Finding a suitable parking space can be time-consuming, problematic and stressful. Truck Parking Europe is the number one platform for parking heavy goods vehicles. Constantly updated databases with lots of feedback from other drivers will help you choose the ideal parking space in your area exactly to your requirements and without wasting time.
The application offers two variants - ROAD LORDS Dispatcher suitable for managing company fleets, which in addition to standard functions can also provide online planning and traffic management, shows you current toll prices in the toll calculator and enables effective communication with drivers. The second part of the platform is ROAD LORDS Driver - a GPS navigation system designed specifically for truck drivers. Parking, navigation, and alerts on risk factors on the route. Plus, the ability to download premium off-line maps for freight transport throughout Europe, including Turkey and Russia.
The app is currently only available for Android systems.