No matter what size your fleet is, the right truck route planning software will streamline daily operations and help you run your business more efficiently. Even the smallest fleets will see big benefits by optimizing drivers’ routes.
Not all mapping systems are the same, however. To determine the best solution for your fleet and business needs, it’s important to analyze the features offered against your own pain points and vision for the future. You don’t want a system that is more sophisticated than you will ever need. Conversely, you also don’t want to end up with a solution that is not scalable to meet your future goals.
Although the end goal is the same — quickly getting from point A to point B — truck route planning software solutions are not interchangeable with mapping tools intended for consumers. When it comes to optimizing fleet operations, you have to consider many variables, such as the vehicle’s size, the roads’ width and terrain, expected weather, bridge heights and more.
When deciding on the best routes for your fleet, one of the most important calculations to consider is the average cost per mile, which now is $1.81, according to the most recent statistics from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Information fuels fleet efficiency and is an important driver in determining what you need most from your fleet mapping tools. The data generated from your route planning solution can help you reduce idle time, save gas, increase productivity and improve driver accountability.
There are plenty of solutions touting lots of bells and whistles, but the most important features are the ones that will benefit your business the most. Make a list of must-have basic essentials so you don’t end up with tools you don’t need and missing out on tools you do need.
Here are some baseline essentials that we recommend you look for when shopping around for truck route planning software:
Shows live traffic updates. Routes can be planned more easily and efficiently when fleet managers have the most up-to-date data regarding any kind of traffic hiccups.
Uploads customer destination details. The right software gives you the ability to import a spreadsheet with all of your customers and only include details your driver might need. There is also usually an option to add notes for your driver.
Navigates multiple routes and stops. This feature gives fleet managers the ability to optimize all routes and monitor them simultaneously.
Ability to assign/adjust drivers, destinations, routes. Assign drivers and adjust the routes so time and gas are used efficiently.
Easy integration. The software should seamlessly integrate with navigation apps, your current IT system, and with other fleet solutions you regularly use. Too many independent systems will work against efficiency.
Route-sharing ability. When routes can be easily shared, fleet managers can make adjustments in real-time and offer realistic ETAs.
Call us today at (833) 433-5338 or fill out our contact form to learn more about how route optimization combined with live driver footage can save you money on fleet costs, improve driver safety and exonerate your drivers from false accident claims.