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Ten Useful Smartphone Apps for Truck & Van Drivers

Thanks to our friends at TruckNetUK, here are 10 useful smartphone apps for truck and van drivers as recommended by the people who use them daily (and one we like too).

Google Maps

google mapsIt may not have all the features that a truck or van driver may need (other more specific apps are available) but for directions, real-time traffic updates, automatic re-routing, offline maps, tolls, different map styles, points of interest and generally useful stuff, you can't beat it. Oh, and it's free!

Android | iOS


A drivers favourite, Tapatalk connects to over 100,000 online forums worldwide (including TruckNet) and allows users to easily post from their mobiles - when not driving, of course. Features include unlimited photo & video sharing and instant push notifications.

Android | iOS


spotifyEveryone loves a bit of music. Spotify enables easy access to a large library of tunes from an incredible collection of artists, albums and playlists. Spotify premium features include offline listening, improved sound quality and no adverts.

Android | iOS

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn RadioCovering large distances in your truck or van, there's always plenty of different radio stations available over-the-air. Unfortunately, they might not be the one you want to listen to. TuneIn Radio is a streaming app that provides access to over 100,000 AM and FM online radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks. Features include offline listening, Google Voice and Android Wear integration.

Android | iOS


Recommended by a number of Trucknet members, TachoGuard is an enhanced digital tachograph app designed for HGV drivers, which keeps you safely within EU rules on drivers' hours by monitoring all driving and rest activities. Features include daily planner, activity summary and configurable activity alert alarms.


RHA Daily Defects

road haulage associationUseful for both truck and van drivers, the RHA Daily Defects app assists in keeping a record of your daily vehicle inspections as required by the DVSA. Features include an easy step by step inspection checklist and printable PDF document sharing.

Android | iOS


Avoid any fines and maximise your driving hours with this advanced tachograph and driving log. Features include support for EU, AETR and GB domestic heavy vehicle fatigue regulations, timers for WTD regulations, graphical countdown, implement advanced rules, alerts and home screen widget.

Android | iOS

BBC Sounds : Radio & Podcasts

BBC Sounds is the new way to listen to BBC audio – your favourite programmes, podcasts, radio stations and music all in one place.

Android | iOS

Tachomaster Worker

Recommended for users who might not have a tachograph but would like the functionality (such as van drivers), Tachomaster Worker features the ability analyse your work, breaks and periods of availability. Other functions include viewing recent rest, drive and other work information, WTD reference period, working patterns, shifts and infringements.

Android | iOS

Freightlink Freight Ferry Booking App

freightlink appIt would be wrong for us not to mention our own excellent app! The Freightlink Ferry Booking app allows you to book a ferry on more than 750 routes with over 50 ferry operators. Features include

  • Easy freight ferry booking
  • Check ferry sailing times & schedules
  • Compare ferry operator prices & sailing schedules
  • Get ferry port directions
  • Real-time ferry booking notifications
  • Online website account syncs with app
  • Guest Mode
  • Available in 10 languages
  • Optimised for latest Android versions & iOS 11

Android | iOS

Which smartphone apps do you find useful for your truck and van driving? Share your recommendations with us

Thanks to Franglais, mike68, P Stoff and simcor for the suggestions. Freightlink is not responsible for the content or functionality of the apps.

30 June 2019

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