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8 Things You Didn't Know You Should Put In Your Route Plan

Introduction

Delivery drivers are a special breed. You have to be able to drive around all day, being on call and ready to work whenever you're needed. It's important to plan your route ahead of time so that you don't get lost or waste time with unexpected detours. A good route plan will also help you stay organized throughout the day and keep track of expenses incurred during your shift so that they can be deducted from taxes later on down the road!

Things You Didn't Know You Should Put In Your Route Plan

You should plan your route ahead of time. In order to do this, you need to consider the following:

  • The time of day you are working. You don’t want to be driving in rush hour traffic or at night when it’s not as safe.

  • The weather forecast for that day and what type of clothing you need to wear for whatever type of conditions are expected. For example if it is going to be rainy or snowy, then make sure that you pack an umbrella or hat and gloves just in case! Also remember that if there is rain coming down hard enough then maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea either… so keep that in mind too!

  • Where your van will start its journey out at (wherever this might be). This could mean parking somewhere close by where there might even be free parking spots available depending on how far away from home base everything happens too!

1. The time of day you are working

  • The time of day you are working is important because it affects the traffic and the amount of people on the street.

  • If you are working during rush hour, you will need to be more careful because there will be more people and more traffic.

You might need to wait for a gap in traffic before turning into an intersection or lane of traffic. Make sure there’s enough room between your vehicle and others around you so that if something were to happen suddenly, everyone would have enough room to move freely without hitting anything else (like another car).

2. The weather forecast that day

The weather can have a big impact on your route plan. If the weather forecast is bad, you might want to change your route or even delay your trip until the following day.

When it comes to planning for adverse conditions like heavy rain, snow and fog:

  • Plan an alternate route through rural areas where traffic may be lighter than in urban areas

  • Consider alternate modes of transportation such as car-sharing services or public transit

3. The best street for parking your van or truck at the start of your route and at the end of your route

The best place to park your van or truck at the start and end of your route is on a street where there is either free or cheap parking, and it needs to be close (i.e., within walking distance) to the first stop on your route.

A good choice would be a street where parking is free or cheap, and within walking distance (within one block) of a bus stop so you don't have to walk too far with all those packages in hand. If possible, try for a grocery store nearby, if only because you can put all those items into bags before loading them into your vehicle. It also helps if there's a hotel or motel nearby that allows overnight parking as well; this way when you're done for the day you can rest easy knowing everything will still be there when morning comes around again tomorrow!

4. A list of client names, addresses and phone numbers in case you need to contact them

  • You will need a list of client names, addresses and phone numbers in case you need to contact them

  • If you are working on a delivery route, it would be helpful to have the address of each stop listed so that you can plan ahead where your next stop will be.

  • If there is an emergency situation, this could help save valuable time.

5. Directions to the first stop on your route (you can also use a map app for this)

  • Directions to the first stop on your route (you can also use a map app for this)

As soon as you've arrived at your first stop, it's important to know how to get back to the van or truck. If you're using Google Maps on your phone, all you have to do is tap "Directions" and enter in where it is that you parked and then where you need to go next. Then hit "Show me the way!" and off it goes!

6. Instructions on how you want to approach your first stop (back door or front door, etc)

  • Instructions on how you want to approach your first stop (back door or front door, etc)

It's important that you give the client instructions before they leave so they know what to expect when it comes time to deliver the goods. In addition to telling them where to park and which door is being used as an entrance, be sure to include any other information they may need. For example, if there are stairs involved in carrying packages inside and out of their vehicle, this information should be included in your route plan so that everyone knows what is expected of them at each stop.

7. Your main cell phone number, company cell number and company office line number in case you need to call emergency services for any reason

You should have a plan in place to contact emergency services. The last thing you want is to be stranded, injured and unable to get help. You should put your main cell phone number, company cell number, and company office line number into your route plan. This way if something happens on the road or at home, you can quickly call for emergency assistance with all of your vital information at hand!

8. A way to track any expenses/receipts incurred during your shift so you can deduct them from taxes later

It's important to keep track of your expenses and receipts so you can deduct them from your taxes later. You can use a notebook, or a spreadsheet program like Excel or Numbers on your computer, but there are also lots of apps available that will do the same thing.

You could also get a receipt scanner and use it to scan your receipts so you don't have to worry about losing them in the future! Some people get one for their phone and some people get one for their computer. Either way is fine!

It's possible to have a successful delivery business with a proper route plan

It is possible to have a successful delivery business with a proper route plan. You can use a route planner to make sure you are covering all your bases and not missing any areas that need your services. It’s important to remember that a good route will be different for every business, so it’s important that you figure out what makes the most sense for your company, but there are some key ways in which all routes should be organized:

  • Make sure the route is as efficient as possible by minimizing wasted time going from one place to another when there isn’t actually anyone who needs goods delivered.

  • Make sure you cover all areas of town or city where there might be potential customers or clients who would need goods delivered so that everyone has access to whatever it is they may want from you at some point during the day/week/month/year/lifetime (or however often they need something delivered).

Conclusion

In order to be successful in your delivery business, it's important to have a plan. This not only helps you stay organized but also makes sure your customers get the service they deserve.

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