The 5 Best Load Boards for Truck Drivers
July 10, 2020
Load boards are a great resource for truck drivers big and small. They allow you to get your foot in the industry, pick the routes you like, and take control of the hours you work. Every carrier has different needs, so we’ve rounded up our favorite load boards to help narrow your search.
Our top load boards for any carrier
Now one of the industry’s top smartphone apps used by drivers everywhere, Trucker Path enters our top picks with a free price tag and vast userbase to guarantee you’ll get exactly the load you want. Filter your searches by weight and route with ease through their mobile app, or even on desktop if you prefer. They also let you check credit scores of brokers so that you’re always dealing with the most professional people in the industry.
Being one of the first load boards to appear on the internet, Truckstop.com is a comprehensive load board with a large community to fuel it. They claim over 600,000 reliable brokers, and offers one of the most streamlined load booking experience with Book It Now. Starting at $39 per month, Truckstop.com has three options each with an increasing feature list to help you move fast and secure.
Direct Freight is among the most feature-packed load board apps available to carriers. With a robust filtering system, custom alert scheduling and weather notifications unique to your route, their load board app is nothing short of a full and enjoyable experience for owner-operators. Additionally, you can also check brokers’ credit scores for safe and secure load searching. Direct Freight offers a 15-day trial period before paying $34.95 per month.
From broker credit checks with TransCredit to fuel advances, 123Loadboards offers an immense amount of features and insights into all costs associated with each load. They remain to be one of a select few load boards where posting loads is still free. A 10-day trial is available to use the app both on desktop and your smartphone, though the service starts at $35 per month.
DAT Solutions has been around for a long time and got its start at our Jubitz truck stop in 1978 with Dial-A-Truck monitors. Their DAT Load Board app helps you instantly find and bid on loads as they arrive in your feed, filtered to your preferences. You’re also able to use their heat map feature to see where your trucks are in demand the most.
DAT gives you three tiers to choose from for the perfect load board. Their top subscription, DAT Power, starts at $149 per month and offers the fullest experience of their Load Board app. Know the market demand at all times, get the best route suggestions, and rest easy knowing you’ll get paid through their own load assurance program.
The lesser two options, though still incredibly powerful, offer a simpler and more cost-effective solution for truckers that don’t quite need all the bells and whistles of DAT Power. DAT Express starts at $99 per month, and TruckersEdge started at $34.50 per month but lets you post your truck to their app at no cost to you.