How our drivers’ routes are meticulously planned
One of the most significant challenges faced by our Logistics and Transport division is optimising the routing of our fleets to maximise efficiency, minimise costs, and ensure timely deliveries. To achieve this, we implement an effective route planning system that takes into account various factors such as traffic, road conditions, weather, and fuel costs, among others.
In Southern Africa, where transportation infrastructure and road networks can be challenging, we rely on sophisticated technology and expert planning to ensure the efficient movement of our payloads.
Read on to learn more about some of the essential steps we take to plan routes for our truck drivers:
Collecting and analysing data
The first step in planning a route is to gather information on the shipment and the delivery location. This includes the size and weight of the cargo, the destination, and the delivery deadline. Then, we also need to consider road conditions, traffic patterns, and weather forecasts to ensure that the route is efficient and safe. This data can be obtained through various sources, including satellite and GPS tracking systems, weather reports, and traffic updates. Learn more about what it takes to transport hazardous goods, here.
Determining the optimal route
Using advanced route optimisation software, the logistics and transport company can determine the most efficient route based on the collected data. The software takes into account various factors such as traffic congestion, tolls, fuel costs, and the size and weight of the cargo. It can also optimise the route in real time, taking into account any unexpected delays or changes in road conditions. Learn more about our Unitrans Control Tower (UTC) and its functions, here.
Assigning the route to a driver
Once the optimal route has been determined, we then would assign the route to a qualified driver based on their experience, skill level, and availability. The driver would be provided with detailed instructions on the route, including the delivery location, expected travel time, and any other relevant information.
Monitoring the route
The UCT in conjunction with its key functional resource partners in the video graphic and telematics industry offers our clients peace of mind by knowing the exact physical location of our vehicles at any given point in time. Through the effective utilisation of various fleet ancillary technologies, we are able to closely control and regulate how these vehicles are performing from a utilisation and efficiency perspective.
As in all aspects of our business we are continuously studying and testing the latest technologies because even with the most sophisticated technology and expert planning, there are always opportunities for improvement. We continually monitor and evaluate our route planning system to identify any areas for improvement. This could include optimising routes to reduce fuel consumption or integrating new technology to improve driver safety and efficiency.
To summarise, planning routes for truck drivers in a Southern, Central and East Africa is a complex and challenging process. It requires sophisticated technology, expert planning, and continuous evaluation and improvement. By collecting and analysing data, determining the optimal route, assigning the route to a driver, monitoring the route, and continually improving our route planning we can ensure that our fleet operates efficiently, cost-effectively, and safely.