Adjusting the Weather-Related Travel and Service Times Slowdown
Weather conditions can significantly affect your business operations in a number of ways. When it is raining or snowing outside, your vehicles have to drive slower and your employees have to walk slower which can delay deliveries and leave your customers dissatisfied. Moreover, under certain weather conditions, your employees have to wear bulky clothing and thick gloves for staying warm which can make loading and unloading items take longer and increase the time it takes to service each customer. Checking different weather forecasts every time you want to plan a route seems time inefficient and not very reliable. Route4Me’s Predictive Weather Advanced Constraint automatically gathers weather data from multiple sources and notifies you about poor or dangerous weather conditions in the area where you are planning routes so that you can set up weather-related slowdown for travel and service times.
To plan routes with the Predictive Weather Constraint, first, go to “Plan New Route” from the navigation menu.
After that, specify the route parameters to your preference and then click on the “Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses” button.
In the “Verify Addresses on Map” window, you can view all imported and processed addresses on the map, as well as check their geocoding statuses. Green colored dots indicate that the corresponding addresses were successfully geocoded with “High Confidence.” Addresses that have yellow colored dots next to them should be reviewed and fixed accordingly. Click on the “Finish Import” button to plan the route.
After that, Route4Me checks multiple sources with different weather forecasts for the area in which you are planning the route. If the weather conditions in the corresponding area are expected to be poor or dangerous, you are automatically prompted with the summary of the forecast where you can adjust the slowdown for the total travel/driving time, as well as for the total service time of the route.
To adjust the “Service Time Slowdown,” select the preferred slowdown percentage from the corresponding drop-down list. Defining the “Service Time Slowdown” increases the service time of each stop on the route by the selected percentage.
To adjust the “Travel Time Slowdown,” select the preferred slowdown percentage from the corresponding drop-down list. Defining the “Travel Time Slowdown” increases the total travel/driving time of the route by the selected percentage.
To apply the selected slowdown constraints, click on the “Apply Changes” button. If you do not want to apply the weather slowdown, click on the “Skip/Continue” button.
Once the route is planned, it is optimized and then opened in the Route Editor where you can modify it, as well as added to the Routes List with all your routes. After that, you can view how the applied “Travel Time Slowdown” and “Service Time Slowdown” affected the total travel and service times of the route. To learn how to adjust the Summary Table to display all time-related data, visit this page.