Step one, plan your routes. Just as you plan the significant milestones of your company, you need to work out the daily processes to achieve the best performance on each one of them. In trucking companies, one of the tasks that require the most planning is the routing of every trip.
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Planning your routes will allow you to have more control over your time, meet the schedules agreed with your brokers, program gas stops and breaks, and, most importantly, you will save on additional expenses and fuel consumption. Here are some tips that will help you achieve it with ease:
Research bottlenecks and try to avoid them
Our driver habits changed due to the pandemic. We encountered lighter traffic and fewer vehicles on the road at the start. But, with the end of the home office, the bottlenecks all over the country are a reality again.
For this reason, the American Trucking Research Institute published a few weeks ago the list of the top 100 bottlenecks in the USA, and all truckers must keep them in mind to plan better routes. The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, where I-95 and State Route 4 intersect in Fort Lee, tops the list.
This list contains information on the average speed during rush hour and possible infrastructure obstacles. And if you know where are the problems with the national highway system, you can check for more reasonable ways to arrive!
Use specialized GPS tools for truckers
Don't worry; free GPS and routing systems are a timeless go-to. However, truckers can access specialized tools to obtain more information about each route and make the best of them. Calculating the number of miles traveled, programming more than one stop, and finding gas stations with a click of a button are some of the benefits that you will find in these systems. Automating these processes is simple and will allow you to focus on finding and hauling more loads.
In addition, digitally automating your routes will help you increase safety standards for your truckers, avoid using roads that are not truck-friendly, and consider the weather conditions along the way. Also, you will be able to measure driving time and encourage your truckers to take breaks at the right time to improve productivity and boost their morale.
Breaks matter: use route planning to make the best of them
Driver shortage and driver retention were the top challenges for trucking companies in 2021, so each of the strategies you use in your business should focus on the well-being of your truck drivers. Your corporate culture and business growth will also thrive by improving the conditions behind the wheel.
When planning routes, include time for your truckers to rest and always be alert on the road. Check in the best-ranked truck stops so your drivers can find everything they need and relax safely. If their needs matter, your growth will be imminent.
Share with your fellow truck drivers and trust your experience
Sometimes, traffic can be tricky and unexpected changes may happen on the road; trusting your guts when you're an experienced trucker is crucial for keeping up the pace to deliver your loads. On the other hand, if you are a new trucker, you may not yet know certain tricks to make your life easier. Chat and network with other truckers; it is always great to have friends on the road!
Benefits of truck planning
When you program better routes, you will be able to:
- Save on fuel and maintenance by monitoring the number of miles you drive.
- Improve the speed of deliveries of your loads, increasing business productivity.
- Achieve better negotiations with your brokers due to the quality of your service.
- Increase the safety and well-being of your truckers
- Make data-driven decisions with the tracking information of your trucks
- Save and increase the profitability of each trip.
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