If you have a smartphone, you have the world at your fingertips. You can call, text, email, search the Internet, and use GPS. You use it for almost everything. If not, there is a good chance you are missing out on either saving cash or earning more.

There are hundreds of apps specifically designed for truckers, owner-operators, and small trucking fleet owners. Here is a narrowed down list of the best apps for truckers to use. 

1.) The Weather Channel

It is important to your route and safety to check the weather periodically. The app is easy to use, and it allows you to check the radar and forecast by the hour to know exactly what is happening on your route. 

Features:
Learn what the forecast is, hourly, daily, weekly, weekend, or 15-day. 
Changes based on your current location, weather, and time of day, so you get your current coniditions. 
Get “feels like” temperature, humidity, wind speed, and more. 
Fast-loading radar maps show past and future doppler radar. 
Stay safe with real-time National Weather Service notifications of severe weather including severe weather warnings about lightning, hail, flooding, and severe storms. 
Free but there are uppgrades. 
Available for Apple and Android 

2.) Cost Per Mile

Mileage is essential to the finances of any trucking business. If you are not sure what to charge per mile, the Cost Per Mile app keeps track of all your trucking business expenses. It makes sure that you always know what you are spending per mile, so you can focus on turning a profit. 

Features:
Free

 Available for Apple Devices 

3.) iExit

iExit is another mobile app that helps truckers find pit stops along any interstate. The app can point you in the direction of truck-friendly businesses and cheaper diesel prices. You can find fuel, lodging, shopping, food, healthcare services, auto parts stores, and more for every exit on your trek. 

Features:
Uses your device’s location to determine where you are on the highway. 
Displays the upcoming exits in real time. 
Shows you a summary of each exit ahead. 
Search among upcoming exits for businesses.
Not a GPS. 
Free 
Available for Apple and Android Devices 

4.) Weigh My Truck

This app is built to work with CAT Scales to save drivers time at the weigh stations. You are able to weigh your truck and pay for your weight using your smartphone at the scale, and you will never have to leave your truck. The app accesses your location. You will need to fill in your truck and trailer info and pay straight from the app. A copy of your weigh ticket is emailed to you, but you could still opt for a hard copy. 

Features:
Automatically locates the CAT Scale you are weighing on by using the GPS in your phone. 
Syncs with your online account to provide history feature to review past weighs 
Allows you to email copies of your scale tickets to up to five email addresses. 
Tractor and trailer license fields from A-Z and N-M conpliance. 
Automatically detects rewight eligibility. 
Phone icon links directly to the 24-Hour CAT Scale Help Desk to assist with any weighing questions. 
Free 
Available for Apple and Android Devices 

5.) Big Road

Big Road allows you to use their digital logbook program. It cuts down on human error, and it saves you time and also comes with an interactive map that can help you limit your time wasted sitting in traffic. 

Features:
Supports US FMCSA, DOT, and Canadian HOS rules, property and passenger carrying riles, short-haul, oil field, and state rules for Alaska, California, and Texas. 
Creates vehicle inspection reports (DVIR/PTI) 
In app two-way messenger 
Capture documents & photos with device camera 
Send logs and supporting documents via email 
Free
Available for Apple and Android Devices 

Trucking is hard enough. Why not use apps to simplify the work? Let us know of any apps you think truckers could benefit from in the comments below. 

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