WESTLAKE, Ohio – TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, updated its TruckSmart mobile app this week to let professional drivers place an advance Truck Service maintenance/repair request. In addition, they can now view the estimated number of available parking spaces on a given day and hour, within seven days.
"We have developed both of these new features to help drivers save time," said TravelCenters President and CEO Tom O'Brien. "Given HOS [hours of service] rules, drivers need to be able to maximize their hours on the road. The Truck Service repair request allows drivers to enter the service queue prior to arriving at a specified site. This can greatly reduce or eliminate service bay wait times and get drivers back on the road. With Plan2Park, drivers can have a good idea if a parking space will be available when they arrive. If they see an estimated low number available, they can reserve a parking spot through Reserve-It."
TruckSmart lets drivers who are also members of the TA and Petro UltraONE Driver Rewards Program use the Truck Service repair request feature to initiate a work order at a specified TA or Petro location. Additionally, all professional drivers can use the TruckSmart app's Plan2Park feature, which uses historical data to provide an estimate of spaces available for a driver's estimated day and time of arrival, up to seven days in advance.
Free UltraONE membership is available at www.ultraonerewards.com.
The app also offers the Instant Shower feature, which lets UltraONE members reserve a shower at a nearby location, pay for it with shower credits or UltraONE Points, be placed in the queue and receive an email when the shower is ready, the retailer said.