How to Avoid Bridge Strikes?

You’ve seen the videos.  A 53 foot trailer hitting a low bridge.  You think, “Why was that driver even routed there in the first place?” The likely answer – they were following a generic, non-truck specific navigation system, designed for use by drivers of smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.  The result?  Costly damages to the truck and any goods being hauled, potential harm to the driver and countless other drivers on the road, and fines for driving on a truck-restricted road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation we saw a staggering number of 4,209 bridge strikes in the US in 2014.

Bridge Strikes Problem Across the Country:

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Bridge strikes are a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians. Since critical strikes cause road traffic delays as well as repair costs for vehicles and infrastructure, they become very expensive for truck drivers. Here are some steps to avoid bridge strikes:

1. Know your vehicle dimensions

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Before you set off, make sure that you know your vehicle height and width by heart. Please note that your truck’s weight can vary slightly according to what type of load you are hauling.  By adhering to routes tailored to your load and trailer specifications, you can avoid fines and low bridges.

2. Plan a truck-safe route

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Use CoPilot Truck to plan a route that is safe and compliant on truck-legal roads. First, enter your vehicle dimensions in the app. Second, plan your trip. CoPilot will calculate the best route available for your vehicle. Don’t forget to use a GPS that is built for truck drivers and not for cars and takes into account your truck’s size. When your daily life exists on the road as a truck driver, your decisions are impacted by safety, compliance and cost savings.  If you think truck specific navigation isn’t for you – guess again. It pays to have truck specific navigation.

3. Check traffic signs

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Last but not least, make sure you always check for traffic signs and other warnings when you approach a bridge.


Here you can find a good practice guide for truck drivers to avoid bridge strikes:


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Meet Your All New CoPilot

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CoPilot version 10 to be precise, and it’s a complete overhaul built specifically to meet the demands of you, the driver. We’ve left no stone unturned to improve every detail of the app, from the driving screens and maps to the routing and menu options.

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CoPilot is now safer, faster and easier to use.  Here are some of the features:

  • Strikingly simpler to use. Menus are redesigned to put the tools you need on the road a tap away. Enjoy quick, easy access to search and planning tools, mute directions and end navigation.
  • Transformed maps. CoPilot’s non-distracting maps are now lightning fast too, with pinch zoom, fluid map panning and scrolling!
  • Re-engineered ActiveTraffic. New, improved live traffic status sidebar, accurate ETAs that factor in live traffic conditions in planning and better re-routing around delays.
  • More efficient trip planning. Now automatically view and compare 3 route options with accurate ETAs for every route. Effectively plan even the most complex itineraries.
  • Polished driver-friendly screens. Guidance screens are even clearer and easier to read and follow at a glance while driving
  • Easier destination search. A new search screen makes it easier to find addresses and search millions of Points of Interest
  • More prominent speed limit alerts. Know immediately if you stray over the local limit

And much more, so jump in and explore! Download the app update from the App Store or Google Play today. We hope you enjoy your new CoPilot.  Share your experience with a review or on our user forum.

Your Guide to the Holidays – Plan Ahead and Optimize Stops


Do you know you can easily find the best shops, restaurants and entertainment that are preloaded offline with CoPilot? You know you have to make a stop on the way to dinner to grab a gift and maybe you need gas. With CoPilot, you can find where you need to go whether it’s nearby, along your route or at your destination. 

Before you head out, plan all your stops and we’ll reorder them in the best order. Just plug in where you are going and let CoPilot optimize it for you. Saving you time and money for presents! Oh, and don’t forget to save your trip to keep yourself organized for next year.

No need to drive around to find what you are looking for, you have a CoPilot this holiday season.

Holiday Sweepstake 2016

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Enter our Holiday Sweepstake now for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and treat yourself over the holidays.

ENTER OUR SWEEPSTAKES NOW >

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  1. Visit CoPilot on Facebook and like our page
  2. Tell your friends to play too – they might give it to you as a gift
  3. We will be announcing the winner on our CoPilot Facebook – make sure to “like” us (or add us in your circle) to check if you have won

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Re-Tweet this on Twitter & Follow us @copilotgps_us to check if you have won:

The sweepstake closes on January 9th 2017 and the winners will be announced later on the CoPilot Facebook page and CoPilot Twitter – so remember to like or follow to check if you have won.

Good luck!

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade in CoPilot Truck GPS

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You have the CoPilot Truck GPS App, but your 14 day trial period has expired? No problem: Upgrade in Copilot Truck GPS now and get 20% off for a limited time only. Just open the app and we’ll guide you from there! Hurry, the offer ends soon. Here are the top 5 reasons to upgrade in CoPilot Truck GPS:

1. Safe and reliable navigation on truck-legal roads

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2. Free traffic to help you find the fastest route through traffic

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3. Millions of truck POIs including truck services, fuel and rest areas

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4. Find the Best Route for Multi-stop Trips

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5. Lane assist guidance with road signage and unique ClearTurn™ view

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You don’t have the CoPilot Truck GPS app yet? Go to the Google PlayStore, download the app and test truck navigation for 14 days for free.

Win a Huawei Tablet with CoPilot Truck!

2016-truck-autumn-contest-banner-usThe holidays are coming closer and it’s the busiest time of the year for truckers and delivery drivers. Enter our contest now for a chance to win a Huawei tablet with a CoPilot Truck app worth over $250 to help you stay safe and compliant on the road. Get offline truck navigation and route planning-all in one app!

ENTER OUR SWEEPSTAKES NOW >

The CoPilot Truck Pack includes:


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  • Visit CoPilot Truck on Facebook and like our page
  • Tell your friends to play too – they might give it to you as a gift
  • We will be announcing the grand prize winner on our CoPilot Truck Facebook – make sure to “like” us (or add us in your circle) to check if you have won.

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  • Re-Tweet this on Twitter & Follow us @copilottruck to check if you have won:

The sweepstake closes on 14th Nov 2016 and the winners will be announced later on the CoPilot Truck Facebook page and CoPilot Truck Twitter – so remember to like or follow to check if you have won.

Good luck!

How ActiveTraffic Can Save Your Time and Money

One of CoPilot’s “must-haves” is our ActiveTraffic service, which gives you the ability to battle traffic head on and find the fastest, most optimal route no matter how congested the roads are. Not being stuck in traffic means you’ll save time AND gas– great for your wallet as well as personal life. Whether commuting to work, running an errand or on a weekend getaway, you’ll appreciate a stress free trip with a lot less time spent on the road and more time spent at your destination.

ActiveTraffic provides you with a traffic bar on your screen to show the traffic along your route in a way that you can understand. Plus, you’ve got the most accurate ETA with real-time information for your drive.

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Before you hit the road, make sure to check the traffic map by tapping on the traffic bar. The map will outline your route, show you the traffic nearby and display your current delay. If the route is looking too congested for your liking, just tap the Alternate Route option at the bottom of the screen. Incident reports let you know about detours, closed roads and other events as you drive.

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Get traffic alerts with a faster alternate route option if it’s available.

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Check traffic on your personal daily commute route with few taps when you wake up, and stop debating whether or not to hit snooze.

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How to get our great ActiveTraffic service?

If you are a new CoPilot app user, then you already have 12 months free of ActiveTraffic*. If you are a CoPilot GPS user, you’ll need to first upgrade to full navigation. Once you’ve upgraded, you can purchase a 12 month subscription of ActiveTraffic in the in-app store. To renew or activate your subscription or to purchase ActiveTraffic, go to Menu > Store > ActiveTraffic.

*Only available in certain countries. Please check the up-to-date country list here >

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Change your current destination

Replace your current destination by tapping on the grey “To:” destination box at the top of the planning screen MAP. Now enter your new destination and enjoy your drive.

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Repeat the last voice instruction

You missed the last voice instruction? No problem, just tap on the yellow turn arrow on the bottom of your screen and the turn instruction will be repeated.

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Optimize stops

You have planned a perfect trip with many stops. But how do you bring these stops in the optimal order to avoid detours? Go to the planning screen and tap the three menu dots in the top right corner. Hit “Optimize Stops” and decide if you want to include the final destination. CoPilot will then calculate the most efficient route through your stops.

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Weather at your destination

Do you want to know if you should pack sunglasses or an umbrella for your trip? CoPilot shows you the current weather at your destination when you add a new stop.

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Add to favorites

Quickly add your preferred rest stop, gas station, parking, etc. as a favorite by tapping on the empty star symbol on top of the screen and name the place. If you have added a place as a favorite already, the star symbol will be yellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add home and work

Head to the search menu and easily add your home and work address by tapping on the symbols. You are now ready to set up CoPilot’s innovative CommuteMe feature. Go to Settings > CommuteMe.

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Detailed traffic map

A better way with the least delay: Plan a route > tap on the traffic bar on the right side and you will see a traffic map of the area surrounding your route. The streets on the map are color-coded:

  • Green = you’re good to go
  • Orange = expect some minor delays
  • Red = severe traffic

If you see a traffic warning triangle on the map, tap on the symbol and you will get a detailed description of the traffic incident, for example lane closure, accident…Tap on alternate route to see if there is a better route available.

While on your route, CoPilot might find a faster route before you notice the traffic. We will notify you and give you the option to view, accept or exit to continue driving.

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Quick directions and safety view

If you would like to concentrate on voice directions and simple turn directions instead of 2D or 3D maps, tap on the street name in the drive window and you will have the option between directions and safety view.

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Instant alternate routes

Enter a destination, hit the blue + sign and CoPilot will instantly calculate up to three alternate route for you. Choose your preferred route by either tapping on the ETA time or swiping the route overview in the bottom of the window.

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Search online

Additionally to CoPilot’s offline search, if you have your data or WIFI activated, you can search for places online. Tap on the search icon, select Search online and enter a keyword, for example “Pizza”. The search results powered by Yelp will then show you a list of relevant places nearby. And the best part: The search results appear together with a Yelp rating, so say goodbye to underwhelming hotel or restaurant experiences.

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Customize your speed limit warnings

Simply tap on the speed limit symbol on your driving menu and customize which warnings you want to see at which point.

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Change your mode of travel

Did you know that with CoPilot you can use a variety of vehicles and modes of travel?  Change your mode of travel by tapping on the round vehicle icon in the route planning menu. You will be able to choose between car, RV, motorcycle, bicycle and walking mode.

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Quickly add a stop or avoid a road

You want to add a stop to your route or avoid a specific road? Go to the planning screen and tap anywhere on the map. You will see a little pop-up with the street name. Tap on it to do any of the following:

  • Add the address as a stop (blue plus sign)
  • Set it as a new trip
  • Avoid this road
  • Set a waypoint by routing through here

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Summer of Sport – Rio 2016

Do you remember the fantastic 2012 Summer Olympics in London? Continue the spirit and get ready for the highlight of this year’s Summer of Sport: The 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Watch the games with your friends and family, at the bar, at someone’s house or – lucky you! – at site in Rio. Don’t forget to pack your CoPilot so you won’t get lost on your way to your friend’s Olympics party or – if you’re in Brazil – in Rio’s traffic.

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Find out our Top 5 event picks and venues here:

  1. Opening Ceremony – 5th August – Maracanã Stadium, Rio
  2. Swimming – 50m Freestyle – 12th August – Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio
  3. Athletics – 100m Sprint – 14th August – Olympic Stadium, Rio
  4. Gymnastics – Floor – 16th August – Rio Olympic Arena, Rio
  5. Football – Men’s Finale – 20th August – Maracanã Stadium, Rio

CapturePS: Get CoPilot Brazil from Google Play and iOS so you will find your way to all venues.

Click here for more information on schedules and venues