TA Releases TruckSmart Mobile App Update

New features include advance maintenance, repair requests

TravelCenters of America TA (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations / Trusckstops)

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC has released an additional update to its free TruckSmart Mobile App. This update enables professional drivers to place an advance Truck Service maintenance or repair request from the app, prior to arriving at a TA or Petro Truck Service center.

Also new, the Plan2Park feature provides drivers with an 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 Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. "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."

All professional drivers can use the Plan2Park feature on the TruckSmart app. Plan2Park uses historical data to provide an estimate of spaces available at a driver's estimated day and time of arrival up to seven days in advance. Drivers who are members of the TA and Petro UltraONE Driver Rewards Program may use the Truck Service repair request feature to initiate a work order at a specified TA or Petro location. Becoming a member of UltraONE is free.

With more than 400,000 downloads to iPhone and Android users, TruckSmart offers the Instant Shower feature. Through the app, UltraONE members can 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, all without stepping foot in the travel center.

Other features include access to UltraONE account balances and recent transactions, fuel prices, shower and parking availability and one-touch calling for Reserve-It parking reservations and RoadSquad emergency roadside service.

TruckSmart is available for Android and iPhone smartphones. Drivers without an iPhone or Android can access the app through any HTML5 browser at www.trucksmartapp.com.

TravelCenters of America, Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 43 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. It also operates gas station/convenience stores in Kentucky and Tennessee under the Minit Mart name.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers