GPS Trucking Apps

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Thomas M.'s Comment
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I just started driving for company where I need to make several deliveries at night. I can see that I will need some sort of GPS app for my smartphone to find the correct route for some of them. What are your recommendations?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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My recommendation is to avoid the phone all together. I realize you need a GPS, but apps are extremely inaccurate for truckers. Never rely on a GPS to get you to your location - it makes too many mistakes.

If you need a GPS then get a Rand McNally. But avoid using the phone for any kind of directions. You don't want to risk a cellphone ticket while driving a commercial vehicle and the officer could very easily think you're texting when you're using the GPS on the phone. So avoid app, buy an actual GPS.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I agree with Daniel. Avoid cell phone GPS . they are for 4 wheelers only.

Sewanu K.'s Comment
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Hello good people. I am looking for Android, trucker specific, GPS software. I should be able to download the whole of USA maps to my device. I want to download to an 8" ASUS tablet, which I can also use as a regular internet device. There's Smart Truck Route and Aponia that I've been eyeing. Any comments on either software will/be welcome, and suggestions for an alterative software will be welcomed as well.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Hello good people. I am looking for Android, trucker specific, GPS software. I should be able to download the whole of USA maps to my device. I want to download to an 8" ASUS tablet, which I can also use as a regular internet device. There's Smart Truck Route and Aponia that I've been eyeing. Any comments on either software will/be welcome, and suggestions for an alterative software will be welcomed as well.

Go with a GPS specifically designed for the trucking industry. Either a Rand McNally model or the Garmin Dezl would be the best choice. The apps simply aren't accurate enough and if you hit a low bridge or get on a restricted road, the excuse of "my gps sent me this way" won't get you out of trouble.

mcchuckles's Comment
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As much as everyone is saying avoid the cell phone routing I actually bought a randy McNally and it put me under a low bridge twice and yes my settings were correct. I took that back and now I use the smart trucker app and it even does hazmat. 20 bucks a month. No issues. I even double check it before I go out like I do every time.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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As much as everyone is saying avoid the cell phone routing I actually bought a randy McNally and it put me under a low bridge twice and yes my settings were correct. I took that back and now I use the smart trucker app and it even does hazmat. 20 bucks a month. No issues. I even double check it before I go out like I do every time.

Double checking the route is part of trip planning. Those low bridges you encountered were most likely listed in a truckers road atlas. The gps is merely a tool, just as an atlas is a tool. You can also call the shipper /receiver for local directions off the main highway. Use all the tools available, don't rely on just one alone.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike H.'s Comment
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I tell all my students this. " you are in charge of the GPS, not the other way round. "

As mentioned, it's just another club in the golf bag

mcchuckles's Comment
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As much as everyone is saying avoid the cell phone routing I actually bought a randy McNally and it put me under a low bridge twice and yes my settings were correct. I took that back and now I use the smart trucker app and it even does hazmat. 20 bucks a month. No issues. I even double check it before I go out like I do every time.

Double checking the route is part of trip planning. Those low bridges you encountered were most likely listed in a truckers road atlas. The gps is merely a tool, just as an atlas is a tool. You can also call the shipper /receiver for local directions off the main highway. Use all the tools available, don't rely on just one alone.

unfortunately most of the time i get loads where I need help it's a broker load and they can't help because they don't live their or the company is closed (usually deliver in the am.) So I was at a loss. And atlas only help you for highway mostly or am I wrong?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
mcchuckles's Comment
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Sorry I'm on my phone so it's harder to quote

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