If you’re a carrier or owner operator, you may use load boards because you think they’re the only technology available for finding loads. It’s important to know that there are more efficient ways to find and book loads with your favorite brokers and logistics companies. Trucker Tools’ load search, available for free in the Trucker Tools driver app and software for carriers, reduces the time you spend looking for loads and comes without the headaches of load boards. With Trucker Tools’ load search, you’re never contacting a broker about a load that’s already been taken by someone else because our platform pulls load data directly from the software used by brokers. Once a load is booked, it’s automatically removed from Trucker Tools’ search results.
1. Search by Lane, Load Type
When searching for broker loads with Trucker Tools’ free carrier platform or driver app, you can target your searches to specific lanes, types of loads (van, reefer, flatbed, auto carrier) and region. Search results can be filtered by specific brokers, reloads, distance, weight and other factors.
You must request permission from brokers/3PLs to see their loads in Trucker Tools’ driver app and/or carrier platform. Trucker Tools does not set broker rates and does not charge any per load transaction fees.
2. No Ghost Loads
Because the loads in our mobile app and carrier software platform are pulled from the software systems used by brokers, there aren’t any fake loads in search results. The loads that you see in Trucker Tools’ app and carrier platform are 100 percent real loads, which means you’ll never be wasting your time calling on loads that aren’t really there.
When we recently polled owner operators and carriers like you, we found out that most of you are paying one or more monthly subscription fees just to be able to view load board loads. Trucker Tools’ driver app and carrier portal are both free, as are all of the features they include. Simply put, you’ll reduce your operating costs by using Trucker Tools’ load search instead of load boards.
Picture this: instead of answering call after call or messages from brokers via load boards, you do a quick search for a truck with your smart phone (if you’re an owner op) or via a web browser (if you’re a dispatcher) with your desktop computer. Once you find a good load for the truck, you submit a rate quote through the app/platform in a matter of seconds. This is a much faster process than using traditional methods like phone calls, emails and load boards to find freight for your truck(s).
5. Helps Reduce Deadheading
Recent research reveals that on average truckers are deadheading 35 percent of the time, which represents lost revenue opportunities. To help you maximize your profits on each and every load, reload opportunities are listed with each load that you see in Trucker Tools’ driver app and carrier platform. You can even sort and filter load search results by reloads.
6. In-App Load Booking with Book It Now®
Book It Now® saves you time, plain and simple. If you see a load with the words BOOK IT next to it, it means you can book that load immediately at the rate listed on the load. Once you book the load in the app or carrier platform, the appointment is automatically scheduled with the broker and you’ll receive a confirmation email for the load.
7. 24/7 Access
One of the things that many owner operators and carriers like about Trucker Tools’ load search and Book It Now® is that these technologies provide 24 hour/day, seven day/week access to broker loads. With Trucker Tools’ load search you can search for and book loads at times that are most convenient for you, whether that’s late at night once you’re off the road or first thing in the morning.
8. Helps Increase Load Count
Time really is money in trucking, which is why reducing the number of phone calls and emails you have to answer from brokers can help you boost your revenue. If you use Trucker Tools’ load search instead of load boards, your process for finding and booking freight becomes more efficient. Greater efficiency often equals more time to move more freight.
9. Save Load Searches for Future Use
Another time-saving feature included we’ve included is the ability to save load searches. If you’re repeatedly searching for the same types of loads in the same lanes, you can save your searches for future use so that the next time you need a load for that truck in that lane, you don’t have to re-enter search terms. You have the ability to save searches in both the Trucker Tools driver app and carrier platform.
10. 17+ Other Tools and Features in Mobile App
Of course, Trucker Tools’ free driver app does more than help you find and book loads with your favorite brokers in your favorite lanes. You also can use our all-in-one mobile app to find the cheapest fuel, rest areas, truck stops, parking, food, weigh scales and more. The app also can be used for tracking broker loads and submitting BOL and POD docs once the load is delivered.