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.
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Just what I need (and much more)...thank you!!