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Fuel Surcharge Calculator

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s simple calculation tool allows drivers to compute per- mile fuel surcharges as fuel prices change week to week or lane to lane. Input the base price, your mpg and current national, regional or lane average, and it does the math.

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Freightopolis

Launched in 2013, this online-focused platform is a partially automated freight-booking engine that pitches itself to small fleets (five or more trucks) as a way to “eliminate the broker” from freight transactions with greater online transparency for shippers and carriers. Charges are levied per transaction.

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Drivewyze

This company's PreClear weigh station bypassing service is managed from operators’ smartphones or from Zonar and/ or PeopleNet tablet technologies. In January, Colorado became the 19th state to roll out functionality at some of its sites. Find a full coverage map via the website.

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Drive Axle

This trucking-centric mobile document-capture app from Eleos Technologies (free, with an optional fee-based cloud storage account) has integrated with Accellos Prophesy’s Dispatch software series to enable easy document sharing between operators and back-office personnel.

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DAT / TruckersEdge

From the longest-running provider of load board services, the freight matching and analysis tools available via these websites are among the most comprehensive, including tools for lane-rate analysis and more via the online DAT Trendlines weekly reports. Operator membership in the TruckersEdge.net premium board starts at $34.95 monthly.

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Coast 2 Coast Permits

This pilot-car and overdimensional/ overweight permitting service has made a name for itself with its social media campaigns (via facebook.com/ TruckingPermits) aimed at rewarding participating followers with truck stop gift cards, free permitting and other rewards.

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CHRW Trucks

Owner-operators doing business with broker C.H. Robinson Worldwide can benefit from multiple tools to find freight in the CHRW network.

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Check

Formerly Pageonce, the handy, free Check app provides users a single location through which to manage bank and credit card accounts and pay bills.

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BulkLoadsNow

A load board for dry and liquid bulk loads across the nation, manageable via the website or mobile apps. BulkLoadsNow reps estimate 60 percent of the loads are placed by shippers directly, with brokers accounting for the balance.

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BigRoad

A computer-assisted log managed on drivers’ smartphones/tablets, BigRoad also has electronic driver vehicle inspection reporting, document capture capabilities and, for small fleets, an affordable back-office element to help in efficient dispatch. For drivers, the logging app is free, and small fleets can try the management software for 30 days with no charge.

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