Top 5 best FREE Truckie apps for iPhone

By: Michael Cahill

Are you a truckie with a smartphone? Here are the best apps around that will help you save money on fuel, spend less time in traffic, and give support if you find yourself in an accident. Just remember not to use them whilst driving.

Top 5 best FREE Truckie apps for iPhone
The newly developed 'FUSO Connect' smartphone app

5. Fuel Watch

Fuel Watch is a great, no-frills app that allows you to search for all local petrol stations and their prices. Unfortunately, this, and most other apps that display fuel prices, are only usable in Western Australia. Another option for those that don't work in WA is to download apps from individual fuel providers. Woolworths and United both provide apps that allow you to get up-to-date fuel prices, though there is no way to easily compare between competing companies. Use this app if you can, it could save you hundreds over the course of a year.  

4. Truckie's Mate

Truckie's Mate is a 'jack of all trades' app developed by Western Star. The key feature it provides is giving assistance in the case of a crash or a break-down. The app will record the time of the crash and show all the details that need to be recorded, including photos and witness contact details. It also allows you to search for nearby truck stops, a godsend when exploring new territory. Amongst other things, it lets you read up on fatigue laws, emergency numbers in the case of spills, as well as the number to call for Western-Star roadside assistance. This is a good app to have for peace of mind, but the more specialised apps are better for finding places to fill your tank.

3. Urban spoon

Can't decide what to eat? Open up this app, give it a shake, and out pops a suggestion. This app uses GPS data to find somewhere close, as well as giving you reviews and price ranges for each restaurant. It works well, and does what it says on the tin.

2. Snarl Traffic

Snarl Traffic is a fantastic app that gives real-time information on traffic accidents, letting you know which roads to avoid. It even allows you to see for yourself how the traffic looks by tapping on one of the various webcam icons available. Unfortunately it is only usable in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, but is well worth a try even for non-truckies if you are in the right area.

1. Google Maps

Compared to Apple Maps, the default map program, Google Maps is faster, more accurate, and simply better in every way. Even if you already have a GPS, chances are good that Google Maps is better at locating truck stops or other facilities. There is no real reason to not upgrade.


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