Trip Planning 101

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Serah D.'s Comment
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Just what I need (and much more)...thank you!!

Eric G.'s Comment
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So how long should you take trip planing? Obviously time will differ but what is realistic?

It really depends on your appt times. When I first get a load assigned to me I read through all the messages. Looking at times, miles to travel, and fuel stops. I do this to see if I need to start rolling now so that I can make it, or if I have time to get all of the prep done and then roll, or if I need to alert my FM that the time give for the spot is not doable, then I give them an eta on when I can. To get that eta though I have to have at least done done trip planning.

If I have to start rolling I only trip plan to get me to that destination. Including any stops fir fuel, washout, etc. once I get to the stop I complete the rest. If I'm being rushed out if there I only trip plan fir the rest of my day. Then when my 10 hour break starts I finish the rest.

When I get close to any stops I'll refresh the directions in my head so I know them.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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