Regular visitors to 4RoadService will have noticed that we’re sporting an entirely new design – and even a new logo! Besides improving our looks the new design is a responsive one – which means that 4RoadService.com works great to find truck repair on phones and tablets, as well as computers, and it’s fast.
Our old design dated from 2008. At that point the iPhone was less than a year old and there were no Android phones yet. The mobile web was very different, the few smartphones out there were Blackberries, and if you were using the web on your phone it was probably a WAP site.
Since 2008 smartphones have saturated the world. Today over half of the people who visit 4RoadService.com do so on mobile devices so we built our new design for mobile devices first, and use Responsive Web Design to provide a desktop layout when the website is viewed on a computer. We want everyone, from the dispatcher at a desk with a 24-inch monitor to the co-driver in the sleeper with a laptop to the driver stuck at the side of the road with looking up the closest truck repair company on his phone, to find the service they are looking for quickly and easily.
Part of designing for all screen sizes is designing for all network connections. If you’re in a mountain pass with a patchy cell connection making you wait while your phone downloads images 10 times the size of the screen doesn’t help you get back on the road quickly, it’s just frustrating and possibly expensive. We’re proud that the new design is incredibly fast-loading. It’s so fast that we’ll be writing a whole separate blog post about it in a few days, so stay tuned.
The great thing about the web is that anything can change at anytime, so 4 Road Service will keep being tuned to be faster and easier to use. If you run into problems or have suggestions please let us know with our contact form, or hit us up on Facebook or @4RoadService on Twitter.
We are proud to announce that our brand new Android app, Truck Repair Service Locator by 4RoadService.com is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Truck Repair Service Locator is completely re-written as a native Android app for Android Phones and Tablets. Features include:
- Search for road service near your current location, (using the phone or tablet’s GPS)
- Choose a city where you need service.
- Choose a location on a map to find service nearby
- Save your favourite service providers
- Show the service provider’s location on a map
- 1-Tap calling: Phone a service provider by tapping it’s phone number
- Share a service provider’s contact information with other drivers using Android’s built-in sharing, (great for dispatchers to E-mail repair information to drivers, or the other way around!)
Truck Repair Service Locator is not an upgrade of our old Android app, it is a completely new app that must be installed from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Install it today so it’s there when you need it.
Our server upgrade is complete. We transferred 4RoadService.com and 4rs.mobi to a much newer, much faster server.
It is possible that you may see the maintenance message from time to time on either site as DNS caches throughout the internet update themselves. This is especially true for 4rs.mobi.
We are upgrading the server that powers 4RoadService.com today. This will require a short time when the site will be unavailable. We will post updates on our Twitter account as we perform the upgrade, so you can follow along there and know when to start hitting refresh.
The length of the outage will vary depending on where you are in the world and how long your Internet Service Provider caches internet address information.
Today we’re proud to launch multiple categories per listing on 4RoadService.com. This means that you no longer need to buy a separate listing for every category that you want to appear in. To add categories to your listings log in to your account at http://www.4roadservice.com/login and choose Show & Edit Listings from the menu on the left.
With the launch of multiple categories per listing we have a new rate card. We’ve chosen rates that represent the added value of being listed in multiple categories without being unaffordable. We’re still one of the most affordable road service directories there is.
Suggestions for updating your listings
- Update your listings to include all appropriate categories.
- You should now only need one listing per location, so delete any old listings that existed only to appear in multiple categories.
- If you have any trouble or questions we’ll post answers to common problems here on the blog. If your answer isn’t here send us an E-mail. We’ll do our best to solve any problems quickly, but please bear with us if there are a lot of people to help out.
We’re pleased to announce our brand new Android app: 4 Road Service for Android. 4 Road Service for Android lets you quickly and easily search our database of road service providers from your Android handset or tablet.
As of today a new version of the 4RoadService iPhone App is available in the App Store.
There are two major changes in this version:
- A 4RoadService account is no longer required. Just install the app and find road service.
- iOS 5 and higher is now fully supported, and is required.
If you haven’t already install or update now!
With a new mobile website, an iPhone App, and an updated, easier to use, homepage you won’t be stuck for long with winter.
The Preview Edition of the 4RoadService iPhone App has been available for a while now in the App Store, but we are looking for even more feedback. If you’ve got an iPhone try it out, then tell us what would make you use it every time you break down.
We recently launched our mobile website at 4RS.mobi. It uses the latest HTML5 technology to bring the power of 4RoadService.com to your phone or tablet. Even better, phones where the technology is available it can use the phone’s GPS and search for service providers who are close to your actual location. You no longer have to guess what city you are in. Just choose what you need, how far away you want it, and tap the “My Location” button. If your phone doesn’t have a GPS, or doesn’t support accessing it from a web page, you can use 4RS.mobi by selecting your city & state just like on 4RoadService.com, but with a design optimized for use on a phone.
Our updated home page has been designed to make searching faster and easier. We noticed that many people were clicking the “Find Road Service” tab at the top of the site to go to the search page, so we brought a bigger, faster, search page to the homepage of the site, (of course, you can still use search page if you want). Since we put the made the update live last week the new search form has been a hit – it’s now the most clicked-on item on our home page.
As always, please let us know what we can do to make it even easier to get service on the road. We know what it’s like to be broken down in the winter and want to help.
It’s not very often we launch a whole new service category here on 4RoadService.com, but today that’s just what we did. We are pleased to announce that you can now search for scales on 4RoadService.com. To search for scales, simply choose “Scales” in the “What?” field of the search form.
We are launching the Scales service category with over 1200 CAT Scale locations, and will continue adding scales as we find them. If you have a scale that you want listed go to http://www.4roadservice.com/improve to get listed or to list a network of scales go to http://www.4roadservice.com/contact to get in touch with us.
We at 4RoadService.com are pleased to announce that now you can use the power of our breakdown directory of over 25,000 providers without opening your web browser. Richer Systems Group’s Roadcall Solution has integrated with our directory to allow Roadcall users to find breakdown assistance with the click of their mouse button. We are very pleased with the increased exposure and value that this integration gives our providers, and believe the Roadcall Solution, with the 4RoadService integration, is a valuable tool for fleet managers, dispatchers, rental and leasing companies and so much more.
We encourage you to take a look at the Roadcall Solution and see how it might help to improve your breakdown workflow.