Trucking Apps May Transform Owner-Operator Trucking as We Know It
Truckers apps are some of the coolest innovations out there. All you need is a cell phone and you can download hundreds of different apps that apply to trucking. From a list of available truck stops, to the latest detours in your area, and even such things as tattoo parlors, chiropractors, and even ways to legally skip weigh stations, truckers apps have you covered.
These apps, and many more like them, are transforming the way owner/operators do business. You can plot your course by using a truck app, while saving time and fuel in the process. That's good business, and that's what being an owner/operator is all about.
American Trucking Associations, the ATA, is a bit concerned about the safety of the drivers. Granted, all of these incredibly helpful apps are the wave of the future, but concerns are that these apps might make the road a bit more dangerous.
We all know how bad texting and driving are at the same time. Punching in letters on a keyboard while behind the wheel, takes your needed attention elsewhere. If your eyes do not remain on the road, trouble might be around the next bend.
The same holds true for apps. You'll need to download them in every case, and downloading while driving is just as dangerous as texting. Your eyes might be roaming to the cell phone where the download is happening, rather than keeping them on the road where they belong.
All Is Good
For now, there have been no increases in accidents due to app downloading while driving, and the ATA is applauding the newest apps for owners and drivers alike. Just remember, apps or no apps, safety first always means keeping your eyes on the road at all times.
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