Pocket Tools

Todd Dills | July 01, 2011

What they say: “This application is designed to be a community effort.” Users can assist the developer in updating the information and adding additional stops. Drivers can post notes about each stop.

Access: iPhone, Android. $3.99, search on iTunes, Android Market

Other tools for business, safety

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DriveReply

What it does: This safety app, available in English and Spanish, triggers your phone to send autoreplies to texts and/or phone calls when you reach speed greater than 10-15 mph. Replies can be personalized and/or disabled if a direct reply is necessary.

What they say: The app includes emergency features enabling certain users to get through to the driver, and its passenger-selection option lets a passenger access the phone’s full functionality while in motion.

Access: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile. $4.95, drivereply.com



HazRef 2008

What it does: A reference guide to more than 3,000 hazardous materials as identified by the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

What they say: An Acme Truck Lines hauler called this app the “hazmat bible for truckers. It has everything the [hazardous material regulations] book carries, plus more. And it’s very easy to navigate.”

Access: iPhone. Search “HazRef” on iTunes.



Pocket FuelCal

What it does: Created by SWW Freight broker Zach Womack, this app calculates fuel surcharges in total or by mile/kilometer.

What they say: Whether you’re an independent trying to determine what you should charge a shipper or a leased owner-operator double-checking your carrier’s surcharge payment, the PocketFuelCal app makes it easy to determine surcharges by inputting fuel-efficiency, base and current fuel price and lane distance.

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