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rjh4758
06-04-2010, 01:17 AM
I would like to hear how much time or miles you or your crew spend behind the wheel on your longest route.

jsf343
06-04-2010, 01:28 AM
2 years ago we had a route that took about 2 hours to get to. We gave it the old heave ho once the economy tanked.

I will not do it again, nice tight routes now, all within 10 miles of the shop.

mnglocker
06-04-2010, 02:01 AM
I drive about 22 miles for one of my accounts, I'm hoping to pick up some neighbor's to this one, otherwise it get's the shove at the end of June.

I could add that in total I drive something around 36-38k miles a year.

topsites
06-04-2010, 03:01 AM
I put 9,000 miles a year on the truck, total.

rjh4758
06-04-2010, 07:25 AM
I drive about 22 miles for one of my accounts, I'm hoping to pick up some neighbor's to this one, otherwise it get's the shove at the end of June.

I could add that in total I drive something around 36-38k miles a year.

Most of my accounts are in one town 30 miles away from me. I live in a rural area. Just wondering what most others have to drive.

punt66
06-04-2010, 08:01 AM
wow, my farthest client is 5 miles away. It takes 8 minutes to drive from one end to the other. You folks do a lot of driving!

MikeKle
06-04-2010, 08:20 AM
My farthest account is only 9 miles from my house, most of mine are around 3-5 miles, I love it! The part I hate most about windshield time is getting stuck at every freaking red light there is, and its always on the busiest days. Especially great when around 50 cars on the main drag all stop to let one or two cars from a side street go, or when there is not any cars at the intersection and the light still goes red???? Why should all those cars stop when no one is even on the cross street? Burns me up sometimes when this happens!

rjh4758
06-04-2010, 07:58 PM
If I stayed within 5 miles I would only have my yard to mow. LOL but I will take the drive to live in the country.

twcw5804
06-04-2010, 08:36 PM
I'm usually 30miles total a day.

SLMGT
06-04-2010, 09:15 PM
300 miles a week including picking up parts, giving estimates etc.

topsites
06-04-2010, 10:02 PM
Some things I learned in the Great Depression...
Actually it was $4 a gallon gas that did it, then I made these changes and I just never went back to the old ways.

1. Wait until I have enough checks to completely FILL the deposit slip before running to the bank.
> This doesn't just save time and fuel but deposit books are not free either, this greatly extends the life of those $50 books as well.
2. NEVER leave the house for just one thing, have at least two but 3-4 things to do is better, more of course is nice.
Granted a really big job would make an exception.
3. When making a deposit, pick any branch en ROUTE to the first job.
Unfortunately I would not recommend doing any work before the deposit is made.
4. Route (map out) ALL jobs like ducks in a row, every single day, before leaving the house.
Either mapquest it, or in the head, however, whatever, but do it.
5. A nice GPS is helpful, I found my Magellan Roadmate 1200 as a refurbished unit for $70,
I have ALL of my customers stored in it, I use it EVERY day, every job.
6. I already said it but once an adjustment like any of the above is made, never go back to doing things the old way.

Doing things that way has cut something like 3,000 miles a year off my odometer.
And maybe it was only 1,000 or 2,000 but ...