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5 Apps Every Delivery Driver Needs

Whether you deliver food, groceries, or packages, these apps will optimize your time on the road

Self-employed delivery drivers are in demand for an ever-growing list of services like Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Instacart, Shipt, Amazon Flex, and more. These opportunities allow independent contractors flexibility, but they require the skills of savvy navigation, diligent expense logging, and smart decision-making to maximize earnings. Thankfully, there’s a whole host of apps to back you up. We’ve compiled a list of the most raved-about tech tools for delivery drivers of all sorts.

Waze
Waze is a hands-free, turn-by-turn navigation app, available for both Apple and Android devices. The beauty of Waze lies in its real-time community-curated info about traffic snafus you’ll likely want to avoid while en route to your drop-off destinations. Based on crowdsourced data, Waze will offer you re-routing options to avoid stop-and-go traffic, accidents, construction backups, and even potholes that can wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Road Warrior Route Planner
The Road Warrior Route Planner is a robust app for plotting out a full day’s delivery schedule based on many different factors. It can optimize your time by accounting for traffic issues, specified delivery windows, and your shift hours. Simply plug in the addresses and other necessary info you’d like taken into consideration, and your logistics work is done. Available for both Apple and Android devices, this app will make you more efficient and save on pre-planning time.

Quick Books Self-Employed
In most situations, self-employed delivery drivers will be able to take mileage deductions for business use of their vehicles when filing their taxes. That means you’ve got to keep track of your miles. You can do this on pen and paper, but that’s a lot of unnecessary work that eats up valuable time. The Quick Books Self-Employed bookkeeping app, available for both Apple and Android devices, has a built-in mileage tracker that will automatically track your miles and allow you to categorize them as business or personal. You can also snap a photo and store receipts of other expenses like vehicle repairs and maintenance and tie your bank account to the app to automatically log expenses.

GasBuddy
One of the biggest regular expenses for delivery drivers is, of course, fuel. The GasBuddy app, available for both Apple and Android devices, aims to find you the best nearby deal for a fill up. You’ll also find other handy gas station info like which food services are available and pointers about the facilities. GasBuddy has a rewards card program you can link to your checking account to help you save additional cash.

SherpaShare Pulse
As with any profession, connecting with peers in your industry can offer valuable insight. The SherpaShare Pulse app, available for both Apple and Android devices, allows you to do just that. On Pulse, you can chat with other delivery or rideshare drivers, ask questions about vehicle maintenance, delivery app platforms, the best routes in your city, places to avoid, and more. Plus, the camaraderie alone can be a boost on days when you just need to connect with other folks who understand the unique challenges of what you do.