A quality global positioning system (GPS) is a valuable tool for any trucker. Regular systems are geared to commuter vehicles and not for truckers. A large truck and a commercial level trailer are not going to make a sharp turn as easily as our friends in commuter vehicles. 

Luckily there are some GPS is designed with truckers in mind. The benefit to using a GPS designed for truckers is that hills, sharp turns, and limited access roads may not show up. Here are five GPS apps for truckers. 

SmartTruckRoute 

The goal of SmartTruckRoute is to help professional truck drivers save time, save gas, and drive safely. It is a subscription-based truck routing service. Truckers can download the app free of charge to see truck routing menus, and you can use SmartTruckRoute from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 1 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day for free. Subscription pricing can be found in the app. 

App Features: 
Navigate any size truck with the convenience of using your phone. 
Offers the latest truck specific maps and routes. 
Provides turn-by-turn instructions with voice with lane guidance. 
Navigate in Street, Hybrid, or Satellite View Mode. 
Specify Size, Weight, and Hazmat level to insure accurate truck routing. 
Use your phone’s built-in speaker to say your destination address or point of interest (such as a truck stop). 
Built-in Odometer function allows you to track state mileage for easy tax filing. 
State border crossing, weigh scales, and speed limit alerts. 
Navigation does not interrupt other functions of the phone. 
Unique driver feedback loop provides best in truck navigation. 
Free updates 
Unlimited number of routes, use as often as you wish. 

Trucker Path 

When using Trucker Path, you can search branded and independent truck stops, check real-time parking availability, weigh stations and scale status, find cheapest diesel fuel, Walmart locations, rest areas, and more. Trucker Path is also committed to finding truckers the fastest route so they can spend more time at home with their families. It is also a free app, but there are in-app purchases.  

Apps Features: 
Find popular truck stops
Real-time truck parking availability
Truck parking status history
Book truck parking in advance at some stops 
See which weigh scales are opened or closed 
Check weigh stations status history 
Find CAT scales 
Find fuel statiosn with diesel 
Compare fuel prices 
Plan your route 
Find low clearance bridges 
Truck wash locator 

DAT Trucker 

DAT Trucker is a top free app for all truckers. It provides accurate GPS information. It can locate truck stops, fuel stations, weigh scales, and trucker-friendly restaurants. DAT Trucker also provides access to DAT Load Board. 

App Features:
Find out where the closest truck stops are. 
Sort nearby truck stops by distance, diesel prices and parking spaces. 
A complete list of diesel fuel prices for truck drivers. 
Find trucker-friendly hotels that have parking for big rigs.
Access thousands of heavy-duty services nationwide.
Get free limited searches of nearby truckloads. 

Co Pilot

Co Pilot is designed to give clear directions, reliable offline maps, and powerful trip planning. The app is trusted by over 16 million other drivers, and it includes lots of in-app features.

Apps Features:
Includes 7 days voice-guided navigation and ActiveTraffic
Reliable Offline GPS 
Driver-friendly GPS 
Clear voice directions 
Powerful trip planning 
Know your turn
Active Traffic
Local knowledge everywhere 
Map Coverage

Sygic Truck GPS Navigation

Sygic is one of the most reliable navigation apps for professional truck drivers with first-class routing and highly accurate premium maps. It is trusted by millions of truck drivers worldwide. 

App Features: 
All-in-one app with special routing for trucks
Detailed navigation and trucker paths for large vehicles with specific restrictions in the map
Maps are stored offline on your device so internet connection is not required, works with GPS signal. 
Regular free map, POI, and speed camera
Personal routing profiles for different vehicles 
Optional real-time traffic information and speed cameras database 

What app do you use for navigating? Let us know in the comments below. 

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