Life on the road can be a challenge for HGV drivers. Traffic congestion, narrow roads and diversions for heavy loads are familiar woes, but thankfully there are some smartphone apps out there that can help smooth the journey a little. Here are just five.
1. Trucker Timer
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says that road accidents caused by driver fatigue are 50% more likely to be serious or fatal, due to higher speeds and poorer reaction times. The Trucker Timer app tracks how many hours you’ve been driving to make sure you’re within legal limits, and of course to keep you and others safer on the roads. The app can be set to comply with either GB, EU or AETR HGV fatigue regulations.
As the name suggests, this app is a navigation tool for large vehicles. It will automatically avoid low bridges and roads with weight, width and height restrictions, depending on your vehicle’s dimensions, weight and type of load.
This is the perfect app for drivers who need a secure place to park overnight in the UK, and provides real time prices and spaces, as well as reviews from other drivers. It also provides traffic information in real time, with details on the types of incidents reported, and expected delays.
Waze is community based, meaning that all the traffic and navigation information is updated by its users. Take advice from fellow drivers or report hazards and incidents you see on your journey.
A handy app to keep you concentrating, FleetSafer recognises when you’re driving and turns off all distractions such as calls, messages and emails. As soon as you stop, it will allow the messages through.
Not only do these apps help make life a little easier, they promote safer driving, too, important when negotiating HGV insurance. If you’re wondering where can I find a quote online hgv insurance companies can provide a good range of deals.
Remember, it is against the law to use mobile phones while driving. Make sure you have pre-programmed your Sat Nav and set your app running before you start your journey, and that your phone is mounted in a hands-free holder that is positioned so that it is not obstructing your view.