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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Plan Ahead during Inclement Weather

Staying safe and alert during inclement weather while driving is important.

Learn more below on how weather impacts drivers and traffic flow:

Your Guide to the Holidays – Customize Your Perfect Route

So you’ve planned all the stops you have to make and you even added in the stop to grab a last minute gift. Now you’re wondering what would be the best route to complete all your stops and arrive on time for dinner? With CoPilot, you can pick which route fits your needs best.

You might want to avoid a curvy road if the weather starts to get a little bad outside or you really just don’t want to go down the street with all the traffic lights. No worries, CoPilot gives you three route options with accurate ETA’s so you can customize the perfect route for you.

 

No need to stress, you have a CoPilot this holiday season.

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.

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 10 Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready


With the season changing, driving requires much more than just being cautious. Sometimes you car needs attention too.

Here are our top tips to avoid bad surprises this upcoming season:

1.Plan your route ahead of time

CoPilot allows you to plan up to 52 different stops with accurate ETA’s for your entire trip. We’ll let you know how long it will take you to get to all your errands done and you’ll make it home in time before a storm. Preview your trip beforehand and make sure to keep checking your ETA along the way. Let others know when you’ll arrive and don’t rush!

2. Stock up on things you may need

Before you get behind the wheel, make sure your car is equipped with:

  • Flashlights
  • Window scraper
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses against low sun glare and snow blending
  • …and of course your phone charger!

3. Check the lights

Winter driving often means driving in low light, darkness, snow or rain. Regularly clean your car’s lights and check that the bulbs are in good condition.

4. Refill cooling system

Check your coolant/antifreeze levels regularly before you start your drive to avoid engine damage. Make sure that the car is cooled off before you remove the cap on the coolant reservoir. Here is a handy how-to video here.

5. Check the brakes & tires 

Leaves, ice and snow on the roads are every driver’s enemies. Good tires are therefore a must-have if you drive in the winter. Make sure to check that the tread is deep enough and that the pressure is correct. Also look out for damage or bulges on the tires due to glass, cuts, etc and replace if necessary. If you expect snowy conditions in your area, you might want to invest in some winter tires or snow tires.

6. Check all conditions

Weather, traffic, and road conditions will all play a major role in getting you where you need to go. Make sure to check those before you leave the house and have ActiveTraffic™ ready and activated. Find out more about ActiveTraffic >

7. Have the battery checked

The most common cause of breakdown in the winter is battery failure. If your battery already has a few years under its belt, get it checked and replace if necessary.

8. Replace Wiper Blades 

A clean windshield is essential for your road safety. Make sure that the wiper blades are in good condition and that the windshield washer fluid is filled up.

9. Tank half empty – Tank half full

Doesn’t matter how you see it – you need to keep half a tank of gas in your car at all times. This helps to avoid gas line freeze up as well as keeping your vehicle working during unexpected traffic or detours due to poor weather conditions. With CoPilot you can find gas stations nearby, along your route or at your destination.

 10. Stay home?

If you’re not comfortable driving in bad weather, just stay where you are and enjoy a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. CoPilot will be ready to go the next time you need to navigate anywhere.

For more safe driving tips, click here.

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.

Discover Incredible India with CoPilot

headerTravel from the glorious heights of the Himalayas, to the wonders of the Taj Mahal, desert sands in Jaisalmer, palmed beaches in Goa and the panoramic backwaters in Kerala for an unforgettable experience in India.

Escape the cold winter for a sunny, exotic holiday in India. Travel further and spend less with 50% off India map upgrades in CoPilot GPS until November 4th 2016. Let us take you on a tour:

  • Best time to visit: Peak travel season is between October to March
  • Transport: Jump in an auto-rickshaw for short trips. Book a car with your very own driver for longer journeys across states. Or you can get a moped to explore like a local with CoPilot. Or just have some fun and ride an elephant! However you travel, let CoPilot guide you (& your driver) everywhere you go
  • Horn please: Drivers of any vehicle love to honk their horn, you’ll hear all kinds of different sounds so be sure to beep when you need to alert other drivers
  • Currency: The Indian Rupee (Rs) is only available on arrival so easily find your nearest ATM, bank and other points of interest with CoPilot
  • Language: Finding your way around can be a challenge, with street signs often not visible or in Hindi/state language, find landmarks and let CoPilot show you the way in your own language

For Adventure Seekers

Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Mother Nature’s Glory

Surrounded by high peaks, fresh rivers and steep forested hillsides, Manali’s landscape draws in  adventurers searching for cool air and snowy mountains.

  • Good for: Nature, trekking, climbing, skiing, rafting and honeymoon
  • Things to do: Rejuvenate in hot water springs and baths, spot the wildlife, explore the old Manali and enjoy the laid back vibe in cafes.

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For Travelers

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – The Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the River Ganges with surrounding lush green forests. It’s known as the birthplace of yoga and has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up in the town during the late ‘60s.  

  • Good for: Nature, yoga, meditation, white-water rafting
  • Things to do: Explore around Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula bridges, visit ancient temples, shop for ethnic arts and handcrafts and bathe in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat.

For Historical Monuments

Agra, Uttar Pradesh – A Point on the Tourist Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a circuit through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur covering the three most visited cities in the north-west of India.

  • Good for: History, architecture, romance
  • Things to do: Agra attracts tourists from around the world to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Architectural marvels also include the Agra Fort and moghul empire tombs. Also, shop for handcrafts at bustling bazaars.

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For City Life

Mumbai, Maharashtra – The City of Dreams

Visit the wonderful, diverse and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. 

  • Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, heart of the bollywood film industry plus a hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
  • Good for: history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, spotting celebrities, street food
  • Things to do: Mumbai’s chief “sight” is enjoying it’s street life. You can also wander along the boulevard at Marine Drive, see the arch of triumph Gateway of India monument , feel the sand between your toes at the popular Juhu Beach, spot the wildlife at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, shop for the trendiest clothes in Fashion street, Colaba or Bandra district, then end the night partying with the stars at Enigma nightclub.
  • Nearby places: Visit the spectacular ancient art sculptures and paintings of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For Couples

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Golden City

Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and gets its name of the golden city from the golden honey coloured sandstone used for construction of the buildings.

  • Good for: Nature, history, architecture
  • Things to do: Stay in the Jaisalmer Fort, climb on a camel on a desert safari adventure, watch the sunset on sand dunes or take in the sights of the spectacular havelis.

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For Beach Lovers

Goa, Maharashtra – Exotic Beaches

Tucked away into India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with idyllic turquoise waters and white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms.

  • Good for: Beaches, nature, nightlife, carnivals and new year’s celebrations
  • Best beaches: Popular long sandy beaches in the north are Arambol, Baga, Calangute and Candolim. More quiet beaches in the South incl Agonda, Palolem, Patnem and Varca beaches.
  • Things to do: Relax on the beach, take a tour of a spice plantation, see the impressive sights of Dudhsagar Waterfall, go island hopping by boat, explore the stunning cathedrals in Old Goa, stroll down the picturesque streets of the old portuguese quarter of Panjim, shop for handicrafts, jewellery and clothing at Anjuna’s famous flea market (every Wednesday) or dance the night away on the clubbing strip or beach shacks in Baga Beach.

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iOS 10 unveiled

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Yesterday Apple announced iOS 10 at their developer keynote. The new OS packs new features and facelifts of existing apps. Here are our favorites:

Messages gets a huge makeover with lots of new features – a new instant emojification feature which will change the relevant words to emojis, bubble effects like smaller and larger text, balloons and fireworks, stickers. Competitor apps such as Facebook’s Messenger, Line and WhatsApp have had these features for a while so Apple’s playing a bit of catchup here.

Redesigned Lock Screen with 3D touch and a “clear all notifications” button.

Siri is being opened up to developers which means you’ll be able to say ‘Hey Siri – send a Whatsapp message to Fred and tell him I’m on my way’. A handful of apps including Slack, Uber and Skype are confirmed already to support this.

Photos gets a big upgrade with automatic grouping of similar photos. There’s also a new ‘Memories’ feature which will automatically generate videos combining your photos and video clips and sync it with music.

Apple Music gets a facelift with de-cluttered design and better visualisation of cover art and song lyrics.

Phone now has the ability to convert your voicemail to text. A new API is available which could alert you of possible spam calls and warn you before you pick up. VoIP apps like Skype can also now have full screen calling notifications – just like the default Phone app has.

… and finally – you can now uninstall some of the stock Apple apps. Time to delete that Stocks app you’ve only ever opened once!

iOS 10 will be available as a public beta from next month, and available to everyone as a free download from Fall. All devices which can run iOS 9 can upgrade with exception of iPhone 4S.

Learn more at: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/