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Jan 6

Company Driver Ideas & Goal Tab?

2 comments

As a company driver, I am very goal orientated and like to stay organized. Therefor, here are a few ideas that I would like to see as a possible update in the future, until then, will still have to do things the old fashion way... paper and pencil = Notepad on laptop, lol.

-----> All below is a suggestion and placement doesn't matter.

 

*** Under [Load Info] ***

Odometer reading

> Start

> Finish

 

>> Pay for load gets added to generated income automatically.

>>> Settings should have: / Pay Rate (cpm) , / Drop Pay Rate, / Detention Rate, (setting for how many hours)

/ Break Down Pay, / Tarp Pay,

/ Other.

 

---> Perhaps an input box for Reimbursements to manually fill in for company expense to be added to your generated income.

-------> A check mark or tic [BOX] when you scaled a load.

~ Extra brownie points ~

>> Drop down to allow for input ....

Steer Axle:

Drive Axle:

Trailer Axle:

Gross Weight:

 

AND/OR

 

Allow for a picture to be taken of the scale ticket.

 

 

*** New Tab for Weekly Goal ***

[ Able to select when cut off for pay week ends and what time. This allows the tab to start over. ] {Without Goals, you can't have ambitions}

 

> Miles - for pay week

> Pay - miles from that pay week

> Over / Under on Paid weekly miles

> Days to cut off ----> [not as important but might be useful to some]

> Miles to Goal - for week

 

~ Extra brownie points ~

 

>> Monthly to yearly 2D line chart to see your progress (miles), given to you by your company. This will keep you on track for the yearly pay raise and or bonus.

 

 

*** Under [Balance Sheet] ***

> Profit and Loss on miles.

----> Even as a company driver, your goal is to drive the amount you are paid and not much more. This tool always for improvement and to keep accountability. What do I mean for accountability? If your company gives you a load and route, this tool will allow for data to be stored for any discussion that might arise on why a trip took longer than what the company might have thought it would take. The DM only see miles and they(miles) are not always right.

 

 

 

Joshua, these are all good recommendations for all and I will consider them in the next build and will contact you to discuss when I am ready to start working on it.

Jan 16

All very good suggestions, I'm glad you made those comments Joshua.

New Posts
  • In the app, we have a place to put how many miles per hour we want the app to calculate its info on. That's great, if you put in an accurate number. When I first started, I was figuring everything at 60 mph. I figure, truck is governed at 65, so 60 should be a good number to work with. It wasn't until about week 3, that I started to take a hard look at why I seemed to always be running behind. The first thing i did, was to sit down and calculate how many miles per driving hour i was actually doing. As it turned out, over the previous 8 days, my avg was 53.2 miles per hour, and the previous 3 days, it was 54.6 mph. Then it dawned on me, that we don't always drive under perfect conditions. That weather, traffic, the weight of the load, and the route your given all work against you. Since that day, the first thing I do, is find my avg mph from the last 8 days, and the last 3 days, and use the lower number in the app. As a consequence of doing this, I haven't been late to any more appointments, and I feel more comfortable telling my dm what I can realistically do with any given load, because using that average, helps to take into account things like weather and traffic. As a side benefit, it also gives me a goal to improve upon. Bringing that avg up, and forces me to pay even stricter attention to my clock, and driving habits, because it shows me if I am driving not just safely, but also profitably. And that has had a huge impact on my checks, and my stress level. It would be nice if the app had a place to track those two figures for people like me, so we can be more accurate with our times, instead of just guessing. Not to mention that the formula I can up with is a lot to type into a calculator, and I am not that good at setting up spreadsheets to make on of my own to do the calculations for me. Maybe it could be added to the same page as the hos recaps, or a page on it's own. I have looked for an app that will do this for me, but I haven't found any, anywhere. So in the meantime, its pen, paper, and a calculator for me. I will gladly share the formula I use with anyone who wants it.
  • When I am driving, I am running routing side of this app on my tablet, to help me along the way. I like that on the main route screen it shows what the current weather radar is showing, but in navigation mode, it doesn't. Currently, I am also running the "my radar app" on my phone, also while driving, because it shows me, what the weather looks like ahead of me, and also the wind speed and direction where I am at, so I can make the decision if it is safe to keep driving or if I need to shut down till the storm passes. But unfortunately, my phone will only keep the screen on for ten minutes, and I lose it if some one calls me, both of which require me to take my attention the road, to restart that app on my phone, or proceed with out it. To me, as a very new driver, driving in the northern U.S., in winter, having that information is the most important piece. I have already ran into a situation where I should have shut down for the night, and didnt, because I didn't know that the weather in western Montana was worse in front of me. Thankfully I was able to get to the next rest stop safely. It would be nice, and a lot easier for me, if I got all of that information one one screen.
  • I didn't see anyone else making comments or suggestions about this but if I'm wrong please link my comments to that post. I've been getting quite a few load assignments with multiple stops but if I want to add more than two drops, I can only add appointment time and date for the shipper and arrival time and date for the consignee, and no appointment times for any additional stops between. I think this would be a nice new feature to have with the app. Being able to see the time and dates for all stops would make it easier to keep those commitments when I can just look and see that friendly reminder on the application. Would this be feasible, please let me know in the comment section below.

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