Tips on Using TruckPilot.com:
What TruckPilot.com Does: Based on selections made by the user on the Trip Request page, TruckPilot® creates an optimal truck route and generates comprehensive information and statistics about that route. In addition, by submitting multiple trip requests each with different route options, users can compare and evaluate the information and statistics on truck route alternatives, and choose the most appropriate one. The route produced maximizes the use of the National Truck Network designated by the Federal Highway Administration in 1999 in the Federal Highway Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA). This STAA highway network contains routes available to vehicles that comply with STAA-authorized size and weight. TruckPilot truck route information is presented in a “Route Sheet” format containing four sections (see Route Sheet below)
INPUT: The TruckPilot Trip Request Page
Here are the simple steps to filling out the Trip Request Page:
Steps 1 & 2: Selecting Origin and Destination Points: Select the Origin State/Province from the pop-up list and then type the name of the Origin City/Town/Place. Repeat this process for the Destination State/Province and Destination City/Town/Place.
Note: For Washington, DC: select District of Columbia from the pop-up list and then type “Washington” in the city box. For New York City, enter the name of the borough in the city box (i.e., Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, Bronx, etc.).
Misspellings: If you misspell the name or a City/Town/Place, TruckPilot will provide you with close matches in the Advisory Page. Select the one you want and click on Continue. If you do not find the city you are looking for, go back to the main page and type in a nearby city (send us an e-mail so we can add the missing city into our next update).
Step 3: Route Preferences Up to three “favor” or “avoid” selections can be made. The pull-down list displays the avoid/favor options (toll roads, interstates, bridges, etc.) that are available. And these selections can be made for a particular state or province if desired. For example, selecting “avoid” “toll roads” in “Pennsylvania” will create a route that will not use toll roads in Pennsylvania. Selecting a specific road to be avoided or favored require the use of the optional box located to the right of the route preference list. For example, to avoid I-95, select “avoid”, select “specific interstate rd….” in the pull-down list, and key in “95” the box to the right of the options list. CAUTION: Choosing one or more route preference options will likely modify the “optimal” truck route!
Note: There is no need to “favor” STAA roads: TruckPilot automatically “favors” STAA roads. If a user “avoids” STAA roads, then STAA roads are nullified and treated like any other highway segment in the routing process (this feature is useful for comparisons of a truck route to a “normal” highway route).
Step 4: Enroute Facilities Up to three enroute facilities can be selected to be displayed along the route, and include hotels, gas stations, and more. The locations of these facilities will be integrated with the Section D: Detailed Route Itinerary on the TruckPilot Route Sheet.
Step 5: Distance Display Options The route itinerary will automatically be created displayed mileage. If kilometers is desired, select “kilometers”.
Step 6: E-mail Address It is not required to provide an email address, but if you would like the route itinerary to be separately emailed, provide the email address here.
Step 7: Submit After providing all the information, then select “submit” to receive the TruckPilot Route Sheet.
IMPORTANT. TruckPilot is an easy-to-read and powerful tool for the owner-operator and the fleet manager to compare the benefits and costs of alternative truck routes. Considerable effort is made by TruckPilot to verify the accuracy of the information provided. Submitting trip requests, however, is a tacit acknowledgment by the user that no warranty or guarantee can be made by TruckPilot as to the accuracy of the information, and the trip request submission also indicates the user’s willingness to assume all possible risk and loss associated with the use of the route information.
OUTPUT: The TruckPilot Route Sheet
There are four sections to the TruckPilot Route Sheet:
Section A: Route Summary. Contains a snapshot of the selections that the user made on the TruckPilot Trip Request Page, and include origin, destination, route preferences (if any), enroute facilities selected (if any). The Route Summary also displays the mileage and driving time of the route, plus accumulated mileage and driving time of previous routes associated with the same trip (using the “Continue Your Trip” feature at the bottom of the Route Sheet.
Section B: Route Statistics. Indicates the type of route requested (minimum driving time, minimum distance, and -soon- minimum cost). Then various tables are displayed which provide mileage and cost information. For example, the Mileage By State table displays the route distance in each state, as well as how many miles were STAA miles, Non-STAA miles, Tollmiles and Non-tollmiles. Additional tables displaying various cost per mile information are being designed.
Section C: Route Direction Summary. This provides a snapshot of the route in terms of the specific roads being used. It includes directions, the headings of those directions and the mileage to be taken on each.
Section D: Detailed Route Itinerary. Section D contains a comprehensive “schedule” of the route, and is displayed in three columns: column 1 shows accumulated mileage and driving time for all events and advisories along the route; column 2 contains a description of those events (directions, junctions, checkpoints, locations of requested enroute facilities, crossing borders, road advisories, etc.); and column 3 shows remaining mileage and driving time at those event and advisory points.
Many links are also displayed, such as state road conditions and city-specific weather. “Clicking” these links will take the user to additional websites where expanded information on the various subjects can be obtained.
“Continuing Your Trip” and “Take Another Trip” Features: At the bottom of Section D are optional selections that can be made by the user. If the user wishes to continue from the destination of the current route to another destination, then the “Continue Your Trip” button should be clicked. A new Trip Request Page will be displayed (note that the destination of the current route is automatically the origin of this second route; also note that the route preferences and the enroute facilities selected on the first route are automatically indicated….the user is free to change these previous selections if desired). Once the user enters a new destination, the process is the same as described above. If the user desires to start a “fresh” route, the back button can be clicked or the “Take Another Trip” button can be clicked. The advantage of choosing the latter is that the previous route will be stored in the browser for comparison to the new route.