Best Route Assistant

Updated 3 days ago by Małgorzata

Who can use this function?

The function is available to users of the carrier product line (TFC - Trans For Carriers) and forwarding (TFF - Trans for Forwarders) under conditions specified for each line.

Where can you find the Best Route Assistant?

The Best Route Assistant is available in the following places:

  1. Search loads

In the Search loads module, click on the offer you are interested in (regardless of which tab you are in). A window with details will open. Then click the Route tab. The Best Route Assistant section and a small map will appear.

You will see a similar view:

  • In the Freights module - click on the offer you are interested in. A window with details will open, click the Route tab. The Best Route Assistant section and a small map will appear.
  • In the Vehicle exchange module - click on the offer you are interested in. A window with details will open, click the Map tab. The Best Route Assistant  section and a small map will appear.
  • In the Orders module - click on the offer you are interested in (regardless of which tab you are in). A window with details will open, click the Map tab. The Best Route Assistant section and a small map will appear.

  1. Maps

Click the Maps module, then enter the starting and ending points of the route. The Best Route Assistant section and a large map will appear.

Route parameter settings

When planning a route with the Best Route Assistant, you can set the following parameters:

  1. Route points

If you plan a route based on an existing offer or order, the route points will already be completed. If you are planning your own route, enter the starting and ending points.

You can also add additional route points.

Below you can find information about other parameters that you can modify. Remember to click Recalculate route after making changes. Only then the route will be determined and recalculated.
  1. Departure date, time and load weight

Specify the departure date and time. This information is essential for considering restrictions (occurring on specific days and times) and tonnage restrictions. It may also be important when calculating tolls (e.g. for routes through the Czech Republic or Austria, road tolls are not calculated without providing a date).

  1. Include PTV ecological restrictions

Check it if you want to consider ecological restrictions when planning the route.

  1. Show alternative routes
    This option is available from the large map view, for routes with two points (start and end).
    1. Check the Show alternative routes option if you want to calculate other route options.
    2. You will see a maximum of 3 alternative routes on the map, marked in gray. When you hover your mouse over one of the alternative routes, its color changes to light blue.
    3. There will also be a table with information about: distance, time, CO2 emission level and road toll amounts for the main and alternative routes.

To change the route to one of the alternative routes, click on the selected route on the map or in the table.

In the table, small arrows appear next to the remaining (unselected) routes. When you hover your mouse over them, you will see the exact difference from the currently selected route.

  1. Avoid tolls

Select this option to have the route recalculated, avoiding tolls. When it will not be possible to avoid them completely, costs will be minimized.

  1. Exclude locations

This option allows you to select the country you want to avoid when planning your route.

  • Check Exclude locations and the route will be recalculated, excluding Switzerland (the country excluded by default).
  • To edit excluded locations, click on the window with the name of the default country selected. You will see a drop-down list with the country names. Check the ones you want to exclude from your route, or uncheck the ones you don't want to exclude.

If your previous route passed through excluded countries, the route will be changed to avoid these locations.

If you exclude  the country in which the route's starting or ending point is located, you will see the message: We cannot exclude the selected locations. You can then remove the exclusion or change the starting or ending point.

  1. Vehicle profile:

In the Vehicle profile, you can:

  • choose one of the default profiles:
    • Semi-trailer (<40 t GVW)
    • Van (<3.5 t GVW)
    • Solo (<7.5 t GVW)
    • Double trailer (<40 t GVW)
  • you can also select "Create your own vehicle profile".
    • A form will appear allowing you to create a new vehicle profile. Enter your vehicle's parameters and then click Save profile.
    • The Custom profile option will appear in the drop-down list in the Vehicle profile section.
Once you create a Custom profile, you cannot delete it, but you can edit it.

  1. Emission class

Determining the emission class affects the calculation of road tolls. By default, this value is set to "4". This parameter is used to calculate fees for Germany and Austria, and the list of such countries may change.

Calculation tabs

Once you have decided on the route parameters, you can use the three available calculation tabs.

  1. Costs - here you will see the sum of all costs calculated for a given route. They include the following items:
  • Fuel - here you can check the expected fuel costs and the number of liters used. You can also edit the values yourself. To do this, click on the pencil icon to change:

- the amount of liters that you expect to use on the calculated route,

- rate per liter of fuel (we will save the entered price for next calculations).

The fuel amount and total costs will be updated.

  • Tolls - in this item you will find all paid elements of road infrastructure (e.g. highways, bridges or tunnels). Click on the pencil icon to see details.

NOTE: This field does not include costs related to ferry crossings.

  • Other costs - click on the pencil icon to enter your own fees, i.e. the average fixed costs you incur.
  • Total - here you will see the total sum of costs and the converted costs per kilometer.
For each of the above items, you can choose the currency in which individual costs are presented.
  1. Route and time - here you can see the distance and suggested travel time on a given route (without taking into account approaches), as well as information on the expected CO2e emissions.
Predicted CO2e emissions while driving (Tank to Wheel) for a vehicle profile consistent with the vehicle size selected when creating freight and Diesel engines. This result was determined in accordance with the EN 16258 standard.
  1. Rate - in this tab you can perform a standard estimate of the kilometer rate for the main route and approaches (if any) and check how it compares to the expected costs calculated in the assistant. You will see the sections:
  • Rate - the number of kilometers on the route multiplied by the rate per kilometer. Click the pencil icon to edit the kilometer rate and change the currency.
  • Profit - i.e. the rate minus the total costs.

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