PC Miler: Change the Trip Parameters

The routes that you generated in the Tutorial were mostly calculated using default trip parameters.  However, you can choose from a variety of criteria that will give your routes more flexibility and efficiency.  Try generating some sample routes with modified parameters, so that you can see for yourself how these changes will affect driving directions and route calculations.

To change a trip’s parameters, first click on the Options button in the route entry window. Then click on the appropriate tab (GeneralCost/TimeVehicle Dimensions, or Road Speeds)*.  (Alternatively, you could select Default Options from the Route menu to set the same options as defaults for every new route window you open.)

If your copy of PC MILER has the PC MILER Tolls and/or PC MILER HazMat module(s) installed, the Tolls and/or HazMat tabs will also be visible.

General Options:

  • Create a trip and assign a name to it by typing in the Route Name field.
  • Change the distance calculations by selecting Miles or Km.
  • Change the route type by selecting PracticalShortest, or Fastest.  Any of these route types can be combined with Toll Discouraged and/or National Network or 53' Trailer.  (Note that National Network and 53’ Trailer routes are inclusive of each other; if you check one, the other will be selected automatically.)
  • Allow routing between countries by checking Borders Open, or keep routing within a country by deselecting it.
  • As  you  have  already  seen  in  the  Tour,  clicking  on  Use  Custom  Roads  tells PC*MILER to include any user‐designated road preferences in route calculations.
  • Try generating commercial Light Vehicle routing: check Ovrd Restrictions before running the route.

Cost /Time:

  • Assign costs for empty and loaded miles: click on the appropriate fields and enter your own costs per mile.
  • Under Stop Costs, change a trip leg from loaded to empty by clicking the mouse on the check box next to Loaded.
  • Assign costs per stop by typing an amount in the Cost/Stop field, and designate time spent at the stop in the Hours/Stop field.   If the duration of the stop is counted as on‐duty, check the On‐Duty check box.
  • Type in the number of driving hours allowed before a break is required, and the length of the break time in the for            hours field. (These break time options facilitate drivers’ compliance with DOT Hours of Service Regulations.)
  • Add a Break time, or a Border Wait time for expected delays at international borders.
  • Enter your own MPGGreenhouse Gases emissions estimate, Other Cost Per Mile, or Labor Cost Per Hour.

Vehicle Dimensions:

  •  Enter   vehicle   dimensions   to   generate   routing   that   conforms   to   the requirements of a vehicle’s height, length, weight and width.
  •  For  PC*MILER|Tolls  users, entering the  number  of  axles  along  with  vehicle weight may increase the overall accuracy of toll cost reporting.

Road Speeds:

  • To set new road speeds by state, select a state or province from the pick list (use the up and down arrow keys to scroll to the state) and type new speeds in the appropriate fields.  (Note that these options are not available if the Use Traffic Data option is selected.)

Tolls:

  • With the PC*MILER Tolls module installed, PC*MILER will generate accurate, up‐ to‐date toll costs for any routing type taking into consideration the indicated toll discount programs.

HazMat:

  • With  the  PC*MILER HazMat  module  installed,  PC*MILER  will  generate  safe routes in the United States and Canada that are suitable for various types of hazardous materials and dangerous goods

Click OK in the Options dialog to save any changes you make.   Cancel will close the dialog without saving changes.  To generate a route with new parameters, click on the Run button in the route entry window.

CONGRATULATIONS, You Have Finished the Guided Tour! [Demo]

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