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12.03.2021

Best navigation apps for trucks [Update 2022]

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.

Best navigation apps for trucks [Update 2022]

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!

1) SYGIC

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.

Sygic is available for Android and also iOS.

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 app is available for Android and also iOS.

3) WAZE

Waze app is the perfect choice to use in the cities, because it offers online updating information about traffic jams, motor vehicle collisions, road closures, police officers and other possible road conditions. It will automatically reroute you in case of any changes on the chosen way. Also you can search for the places by the names, not only by the addresses, which is extremely useful in the case of cafes and shops. Waze navigator works only with the internet.

The app is available for Android and also iOS.

4) COPILOT GPS

It is hard to compete with the navigator giants like Google Maps or Waze, but it is possible when it comes to offline usage. CoPilot GPS is the perfect app for situations when you are abroad and do not want to spend money on roaming or stop on every station with the Wi-Fi on the route and update Google Maps. App also got the turn-by-turn voice directions and traffic reports.

Availability of the offline maps is the only main difference between Google Maps and CoPilot GPS, so if access to the internet is not a problem free Google Maps or Waze are more beneficial.

The app is available for Android and also iOS.

5) INROUTE ROUTE PLANNER

This app is perfect for the long, non-direct trips with a lot of the stops for sleep and food. Trucker can choose the route and intuitively pin places where and when they want to stop, based on the weather conditions, curviness and elevations of the road, which is very practical functions for drivers of heavy good vehicles.

The app is available for iOS.

6) GOOGLE MAPS

Google Maps is the most useful and well-known routing app all over the globe. Real-time updates automatically will switch you from one route to another if situation on the road changes, because the app continuously checks availability and speed of other variants. ‘Explore nearby’ function will help to find suitable hotels, gas stations, cafes and restaurants that is rated by the users of the app. Maps will work without connection to the internet only if you save your route in advance.

The app is available for Android and also iOS.

TRUCK PARKING EUROPE (BONUS)

Finding suitable parking place on your route can be very time consuming and problematic. Truck Parking Europe is the number one platform for parking heavy good vehicles. Constantly updating databases with lots of feedbacks from truckers will help you to choose a perfect parking place nearby that will match all the requirements without any time loss.

The app is available for Android and also iOS.