Managing Your Routes  Back Have a question?
  Back In some cases it is physically impossible to visit all of the stops in a single day.  The route is either too long or there are just too many stops that can be visited in a day. There is also a waiting time or visiting time factor at each stop. Fatigue and distance you can travel in one day are other variables.  All of these factors can affect how you go about your route.  Here's how TrackRoad can help you manage your route better.
   
  TrackRoad can split your route into smaller chunks of routes of approximately same distance or equal number of stops (all of the smaller routes will also be optimized and ordered correctly).  In the vehicle page, you can specify maximum number of hours you feel like driving each day---or maximum number of stops you can handle in a given day due to limit in capacity---see image to the left.

Vehicle's MaxHours per day is a "must-have" feature   By using MaxHour field, you can create smaller and manageable optimized routes (6 to 8 hours each day) that you are able to visit comfortably each day and still arrive at your place of rest at a reasonable hour before starting your next round of stops the next day.
 
  Each stop can also have a waiting time period. This waiting time at each stop in minutes can be specified in advance (enter manually or via Excel sheet column I).  The waiting time will then be factored into the route's total time and will affect how the route will be split.  TrackRoad will try to divide the route into approximate equal length routes although it is almost always physically impossible to make the routes 100% equal.
     
  To the left, there is an example on how our route was divided into 3 routes.  Note how "OfficeStartFinish" has been split into 3 parts. You can change the number of split routes by modifying the MaxHour and the waiting time at each stop.  In our example, we used a MaxHour of 5 hours of driving time (remember we are also stopping for 20 minutes at each stop).  Depending on your route and the number of hours you plan to travel in one day, you can chose a higher or lower number of working hours.  The same rule applies if you use the MaxStops instead of MaxHours field of the vehicle.

Vehicle's On-The-Road is another "must-have" feature specially if you go on long distance trips out of town and plan to visit several stops during your journey.  If you are on the road and you are not coming back to the office every night then check the On-The-Road in the vehicle page also.  When On-The-Road is checked, your next day starting point will be the last point you visited the day before.

Suppose we had 9 Stops: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I.  Depending on whether On-The-Road is checked or not, the route will be divided differently.

  On-The-Road Checked   On-The-Road Not Checked
Day 1 Office->A->B->C Day 1 Office->A->B->C->Office
Day 2 D->E->F Day 2 Office->D->E->F->Office
Day 3 G->H->I->Office Day 3 Office->G->H->I->Office
       
    When On-The-Road is checked we do not come back to the Office each day (we are on the road---maybe staying at a hotel for the night). Notice when it is NOT checked we loop back to the office at the end of each route.