Friday, 27 September 2019 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
As a leading provider of courier insurance, we know life as a courier driver means a lot of time on the road and working to tight delivery schedules. So, to help make your job that little bit easier we’ve taken a look at some of the best mobile phone apps available to make your time behind the wheel more efficient, they could even help you save on time and money too.
If you’re a self-employed courier, then every minute counts and by using these handy apps you could earn even more money and potentially boost your reviews for your excellent speedy service.
1. Road Warrior Route Planner
Road Warrior is a brilliant app for any courier as it allows you to enter all your stops and it will automatically optimise your route to be the fastest it can be. It’s simple to use and you can use it to shave valuable minutes off your deliveries throughout the day.
If you know your drop off points in advance, you can plot your route the night before giving you a chance to work around your lifestyle. It can also save you money on fuel by cutting out unnecessary miles in between drop-offs.
The current free version of this app allows you to plot up to 8 stops and optimize the route, however, if you pay a subscription fee of $5 a month or $50 for the year, you can get unlimited stops and more address searches per day.
2. Parkopedia Parking
If you’re making a delivery in a new place and can’t find anywhere to park, then Parkopedia could help to solve this problem... Parkopedia claims to be ‘the largest and most accurate parking services provider on the planet!’ This app can help you find the nearest free parking to any drop off so you can avoid any penalties or charges.
With this app, you can plan ahead when parking and factor in any extra time you may need for walking to the drop off point. This can save you valuable time throughout the day.
Waze is a fantastic sat nav app with real-time updates from other drivers on the road. You can find out about crashes, roadworks or even speed cameras on your route in advance so you can avoid them by taking an alternative route. Waze also works with other apps like Spotify so you can change your music easily without having to leave the app.
If you’re on the road a lot like most couriers, you’ll know the prices of fuel can vary by quite a bit depending on where you are. With this useful app, you can find the cheapest fuel prices near to you throughout the UK, saving you money instantly and in the long run!
You can use this great app to keep an eye on the fuel prices and even see what the fuel stations have been reviewed by other users. If you’re a user of a fuel card or loyalty cards like Nectar, BP or Shell, then you can work out which petrol stations on your route will allow you to collect reward points.
If you’re one of the few courier drivers who have made the switch to an electric vehicle, this app is perfect for you. You can quickly find the nearest electric vehicle charging points closest to you and how much they charge. It can be a real lifesaver when you’re running low on charge in the middle of your deliveries for the day.
If you like to be more prepared, then you can work out where you will need to stop and charge along your route in advance and add it to your drop off route as a reminder. You wouldn’t want to run out of charge on the motorway and have to call out a breakdown insurance provider.