Fastest Route

The fastest route to get from where you are to your destination may not be the shortest route.  There are a lot of things that you have to take into account to make a good sound decision that might not come to mind.  Here are some of the key factors to consider when comparing routes in your trip planning.

  • Weather
  • Weight of your load
  • Average posted speed
  • Average speed you will actually be able to travel
  • Construction zones of each route
  • Time of day you will cross major cities or congestion areas
  • Where you will be on that route when time end of shift comes (for parking availability)

Use the proper map for the job.  Google maps is a great tool to use but remember that google is not for big trucks.  If you're not in a big truck, it's awesome.  That said, I love using google maps for quickly comparing routes.

The Trucking GPS can do the complete opposite by not suggesting perfectly reasonable and sometimes shorter/faster routes.  So one of the best things that you can do if the routing requires other than state routes, is to call the customer and ask for their directions in.

Using the GPS

New Driver Tips

Load Planning

Dealing With Dispatchers

Top of the Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.