Q: How does TruckPilot.com work?
A: Based on route selections made by the user on the trip request page, TruckPilot® creates comprehensive truck route information and statistics on an output page called a “Route Sheet”. In addition, by submitting multiple trip requests each with different selections, 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 informational sections (see Route Sheet below). Each section presents different aspects of route information.
Q: What choices do I have to create an optimal STAA truck route?
A: You can create an optimal STAA truck route based on minimum driving time, minimum distance and (soon) minimum costs, based on average fuel consumption, tolls and taxes. Select the option you want at the bottom of the Trip Request Page.
Q: What happens if I want an optimal route, but I want to choose certain route preferences?
A: The route that will be created will be optimal AFTER your route preferences are accounted for. For example, if you want a minimum driving time route from Baltimore to Miami but you choose to avoid I-95, you will receive the minimum driving time STAA route from Baltimore to Miami that does NOT involve I-95.
Q: I want my route to avoid tolls, avoid Virginia altogether, and I want to favor I-64 in Kentucky. Using Route Preferences, can TruckPilot do that?
A: Yes. For Route Preference #1, select “avoid” and “toll roads”; for Route Preference #2, select “avoid” and “Virginia”; for Route Preference #3 select “favor”, “specific interstate road”, “Kentucky” and enter the number “64” in the righthand little box.
Q: I want to avoid tunnels, yet the TruckPilot route included them because my destination is very close to one. What should I do?
A: Select “avoid tunnels” as the Preference for box 1 AND box 2. This will force the system to avoid tunnels to a greater degree.
Q: I want to have hotels and truckstops displayed in the detailed itinerary in Section D. How do I do this?
A: In Step 4 (Enroute Facilities) you can select up to three different types of facilities to be displayed in the detailed itinerary of Section D of the Route Sheet. Notice that the mileage and driving times to these facilities are integrated right into the itinerary, so you can see at a glance where these facilities are located along your route.
Q: I have several interim points I have to reach before I get to my destination. Can TruckPilot do this?
A: Yes (in fact you can have as many interim points as you want, up to a total trip distance of 99,999 miles!). Just enter your origin and your first interim stopping point as the destination. Then click “Continue Your Trip” at the bottom of the Route Sheet, and you will be returned to TruckPilot’s Trip Request Page. But notice that your first interim stopping point is now automatically the origin point for your second route. Now enter your next interim stopping point as the destination and submit. Notice that the header of your Route Sheet is keeping account of the total trip distance and driving time, as well as the distance and driving time of this route. Then click “Continue Your Trip” again, and create the third route to the next interim stopping point and so on.
Q: The town that I wanted as my destination doesn’t seem to be recognized in TruckPilot…Why is that?
A: TruckPilot’s list of city points is a compendium of locations assembled from many different sources. We are constantly expanding this database to include additional points. Tell us (email us using the “talk to us” button) about a city or town that has been excluded and we will be glad to add it to our database.
Q: My driving time was different than TruckPilot’s estimated driving time. Why?
A: The driving time TruckPilot calculates uses a complex formula involving state speed limits, type of road, urban/rural area, terrain and other factors. Your driving time involves weather conditions, traffic congestion, and driving habits, all which affect actual driving time. Use the TruckPilot driving time to compare alternative routes (Note: we get lots of e-mails that say that the driving time was “right on”.)
Q: I notice that the Route Sheet has four sections of route information. Why the different sections?
A: Each section provides different kinds of information about the truck route that was created. Each section is described below:.
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.
Q: How do I create another “leg” of my route? Also, how do I create a brand new route?
A: You can do these by using the “Continuing Your Trip” and “Take Another Trip” features at the bottom of the Route Sheet at the end of Section D. 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.
Q: I own some hotels and other travel facilities that I would like have included in TruckPilot’s offerings. How can I participate?
A: Sponsorships, banners and other advertising opportunities are available. TruckPilot offers an effective and inoffensive media to get your message to consumers. Send us an e-mail us using the Talk To Us button or click right here: . and thanks for considering TruckPilot!