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The 5 Best Load Boards for Truck Drivers

July 10,

If you&#;re a trucker without freight broker authority, load boards are a great resource. Load boards allow you to connect you with direct shippers and contacts, earn revenue and gain experience in the industry. These online matching systems allow shippers, brokers and carriers to post loads and work together. You&#;ll be able to pick the routes you like and take control of your hours. Every carrier has different needs, so we&#;ve rounded up our a handful of load boards to help narrow your search.


Top load boards for any carrier

5. Trucker Path

One of the industry&#;s top smartphone apps used by drivers everywhere is Trucker Path. Trucker Path is free and boasts a vast userbase. This helps guarantees you will get the load you want. Filter your searches by weight and route with ease through their mobile app or on a desktop if you prefer. They also let you check credit scores of brokers. This feature helps you confirm that you&#;re always dealing with the most professional people in the industry.


As one of the first load boards to appear on the internet, is a comprehensive load board. It&#;s large community fuels it, so to speak. They claim over , reliable brokers and offer one of the most streamlined load booking experience with Book It Now. Starting at $39 per month, has three tiers each with an increasing feature list to help you move fast and secure.

3. Direct Freight

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Direct Freight is among the most feature-packed load board apps available to carriers. Robust features include a filtering system, custom alert scheduling and weather notifications unique to your route. This app is nothing short of a full, enjoyable experience for owner-operators. Additionally, you can also check brokers&#; credit scores for safe and secure load searching. Direct Freight offers a day trial period before its $ per month subscription fee kicks in.

2. Loadboard

From broker credit checks with TransCredit to fuel advances, Loadboards 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 day trial is available to use the app both on desktop and your smartphone, though the service starts at $35 per month.

1. DAT Load Board

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DAT Solutions has been around for a long time and got its start at our Jubitz truck stop in 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 highest demand.

DAT gives you two tiers to choose from for the perfect load board. Their top tier subscription, DAT Power, starts at $ 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.

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If you don&#;t need all the bells and whistles of DAT Power, DAT TruckersEdge provides a simpler and more cost-effective solution starting at only $ per month. TruckersEdge provides unlimited searching and posting, instant alarm match notification, broker credit scores and days to pay, market rates, mileage routing, and more.

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Like all business owners, truckers need to sell their services and find customers. Unlike other businesses though, truckers need customers with freight in the right place, at the right time. 

Building a network of shippers with freight at the right place at the right time is difficult. Many truckers just do not have the time and resources needed for truckers to build this network of shippers and lanes. 

This is why it’s important for truckers to find loads through a variety of sources. The four methods listed below are the most popular for truckers to find loads. By using a combination of the following truckers can put themselves in the best position to bargain for the highest rates. 

1.Direct from shippers – Sourcing loads directly from shippers is the ideal scenario. If truckers can create relationships with shippers, then they are putting themselves in the position to earn the most money.  This is because they are earning their own sales commissions by putting in the work and effort to find, negotiate and sell to the shipper themselves. 

This method is difficult and time-consuming though. Shippers with consistent lanes and predictable volumes can be difficult to find and approach. Consistent lanes are usually moved with contracted carriers. Contracts are awarded through a bidding process that is usually only available to larger carriers. Most truckers without a relationship are locked out and unable to bid on these lanes. The reason for this is the time and expense it takes shippers to complete the vetting and selection process for smaller carriers. 

It usually takes developing relationships with several shippers in each freight market to guarantee that a driver has a load waiting at the destination. To make this work, truckers would need a team of salespeople.  

Larger shippers are likely to require carriers to offer electronic integration like EDI or APIs to accept tenders. This enables the shipper to electronically route load offers to their carriers. To participate in EDI or APIs, you will need to have a TMS system.

2. Freight brokers – An outsourced sales team is how truckers should view and use freight brokers. For this service, truckers should expect to pay a fair commission from the load. Freight brokers should also charge a fair commission as well. Truckers that develop relationships with good freight brokers can use the brokers’ networks of shippers to develop a dense network of reliable loads.

Shippers that might not invite owner-operators and small carriers to bid on contracted lanes will often invite freight brokers to bid. This is because freight brokers have access to thousands of truckers and can match loads with trucks on a daily basis. This gives shippers access to smaller carriers without the expense of vetting and signing contracts with each individual owner-operator or small carrier. 

3. Load boards – Truckers can also use public load boards to find loads posted by freight brokers. The most popular load boards charge a monthly subscription fee for the service though there are several free options to choose from. and DAT are the biggest in the load board business and for good reason. Their marketplaces offer the highest quality level of freight and functionality in the market. If you are looking for dry-van or refrigerated freight, both have plenty of options. If you are looking for flatbed specifically, has more loads to choose from. There are also niche load boards that focus on specific types of freight, like, which focuses on dry-bulk freight. 

Truckers can search thousands of loads posted in real-time. Most of the loads posted are spot market loads. These loads are infrequent and transactional. Truckers call the freight brokers directly to learn more about the load and negotiate the rate. If an agreement is reached, then the two parties exchange authority and insurance information before a rate confirmation is signed. Getting set-up each time by different freight brokers can be time-consuming, though it is a great way for truckers to build relationships with individual freight brokers. Often a transactional load turns into a regular consistent lane with a freight broker. 

One of the added advantages of load boards is that truckers can check reviews of freight brokers and creditworthiness before accepting the load. This reduces the risks involved with working with unfamiliar freight brokers. 

4. Load matching apps – The philosophy behind load matching apps is much the same as load boards. Truckers download these smartphone apps and search for loads. This method was developed by new digital freight brokers that started to automate load searching for shippers and truckers. 

Load matching apps are offered now by most of the larger freight brokers. Freight matching marketplaces and load boards are using the same methods to connect truckers with shippers. Load matching consists of truckers accepting posted loads at the published rate and then moving the load with little to no human interaction. This removes the hassle of negotiating rates and the back and forth contact of getting set up on a load. It also improves the document submission and payment process as all processes flow through the app on the trucker’s phone.

The largest in the business are Convoy, J.B. Hunt , and Uber Freight. 

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    Truckers should charge a fee

    For every load. They need us to move the freight Our fee should be extra plus the load money. Think about it broker is taking money out of the load. Factoring companies doing that also. Truck stops charging you to park. Seems like everyone is trying to get there hands in the load money trucking companies charging you to pay you and then brother is telling you when and how to drive I would say freedom pretty much gone in trucking and let’s not forget each state makes up there on laws don’t see anything united about the United States even randy is in on the deal. Load pays for a miles but when you drive to delivery it’s miles

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    Brokers please put the price. !!!!!!

    I think brokers must put the price for load. Waisted a lot of time by calling. Just put your price so people won’t waist there time and yours also. Looks like brokers making money just by volume of phone calls. Don’t have any other explanation. Other than that very good app. Love it.


    This is the only free app I could find that wasn’t a 30 day trial that gives live load data without having an MC number already. This is important for people thinking about starting a trucking business with no prior experience and wanting to research load data.

    Thanks for this excellent feedback. We love discovering how our platform can support users who are interested in venturing into the trucking business and ultimately build a career. We truly appreciate the support and have an awesome day.

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