Many users online are looking to create maps, routes and get around in this day and age. Many applications like Google Maps can give you the best route between two points, and it gets more complicated when we talk about a route with multiple destinations.
This article’s focus will be to cover the top tips for driving directions, multiple stops, and addresses. We will cover a few apps and include many tips and tricks, notably for Google Maps and MapQuest, which has recently relaunched its popular app. We hope you find this useful!
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The Basics of Driving Routes
What We are Covering
There are many reasons to find the best driving routes with many stops. In this article, we will not go into the depth of some of the more advanced route-making functionalities. For instance, We are not covering in-depth route optimization or route planning. We are instead going to speak to more specific tips and tricks about general use cases. If you are inclined to go more in-depth about route planning, we’ve written an article on that. It is something beneficial to solve a traveling salesman problem. Traveling Salesman Problem is about finding out and choosing the best possible route that visits the end point once and comes back to the origin.
To learn more: What is Route Planning
Who are we Writing For?
There are a variety of users who would require route planners for driving directions with multiple stops. This list includes delivery drivers, a small business owner, road trips, or anyone with appointments. We’re going to cover some answers to many of the questions from these groups.
Which App is Best for Multiple Addresses?
There are many searches for delivery route planner apps to download on the app store, Play Store, Windows, or online. Some of these paid apps offer a free trial, yet we will talk about two apps that cost no money. Mostly, two apps stand above the rest in this regard. We are talking about Google Maps and MapQuest.
We are going to cover these apps in particular for a few reasons:
- They both offer a choice of web-based (browser), tablet, and Mobile device (phone) apps;
- The fact that of widespread availability;
- Experience and quality of service;
- Available online instructions and support.
Depending on your route and map needs, you may want to choose another product. For example, there is RouteXL, MyRouteOnline, SpeedyRoute, and Badger Maps. Let us know in the feedback if you wanted to hear more about other software that plots routes and maps.
Top Tips to Plan my Route with Driving Directions
This section compiled a list of the best tips and tricks to get you going the best route possible. We took inspiration from Time Magazine’s tips for Google maps as well as some other tips.
- Create Goals and Targets: The first step is to identify your goals for the route you want to take. If you are planning a road trip, then you will want to know your final destination. Regardless of the road, you’ll want to know the number of destinations you want to visit. So the starting point for you as the user is to note what is critical for you in this route and what you are looking to accomplish.
- Check addresses: It is critical to double-check addresses and make sure that you have the right ones. Delivery drivers run into this problem very often. It’s always good to double-check the zip code and use the route planner to help validate the information’s integrity.
- Compare the routes: One other thing that you’ll do with most apps is to compare a route option against another route option. When you look at the map, you can examine where each route is taking you, and you can ofter change the route order so that you can find the best one for you. You will want to choose the fastest route order. It would help if you also considered traffic incidents while comparing the routes. You can use MyRoute app to compare different routes and then transport them from the MyRoute app to your navigation app.
- Ensure you have the right route planner: A route planner is essential when planning several routes, or even just one route. They all have a map feature, which is essential.
- For multiple addresses, use MapQuest: Many route navigation apps only allow for a maximum of 2 stops; the advantage of MapQuest is that it allows users to create routes with up to 26. It features an optimized feature, as well. Users can choose the direct distance route or shortest time route. This is the most useful tool when hitting many destinations like delivery and shipping, field services, or small couriers.
- Look into getting a GPS: A GPS device, or a global positioning device, is a tool that can help handle your routes or trips. In many commercial vehicles, there will be a physical GPS device and a route planner app on the smartphone. The GPS tracking will guide the vehicle from stop to stop with voice instructions. These can be useful as a backup just in case the other device fails. A good process is one that is failproof!
- Get a map: In case the route planner does not work or your mobile phone dies. If you’re going on a road trip, it’s useful to have the old-school data map or a paper map! Plus, it’s fun! These can be purchased at almost any gas station and are sometimes available for free (depending on the type). They will show major highways and will help with longer trips. The advantage of a paper map is the security features, as they ensure that you have complete privacy. (in this day and age of data tracking)
- Print out the map and the addresses: Another idea is to have each address of a route written on a spreadsheet (it will be a spreadsheet with many lines with all contact information in the columns like name, phone number, email addresses). Then you can print the map and the addresses from a computer. You will then have a paper copy of all the addresses in your car. This can be useful for a delivery driver or a truck driver.
- Review the route ahead of time: We recommend that you pay attention and look ahead to where you will be driving, especially if this is your first time on this route. We suggest referring to the address again and looking for any major landmarks, bridges, or major crossroads in the address you have entered. You no longer need this for routes and territories you have traveled many times over.
- Get a co-pilot: The ideal is to have a friend or co-worker as a co-pilot or passenger to help. There are many stories in the news of incidents with vehicles that are not paying attention. Having someone there to help greatly reduces the factors leading to accidents.
- Use the Desktop version: For a route planner, the web or desktop version is often much easier to do the inputting (typing in) the addresses. So we suggest you use the “add stop” feature and create your routes using the web-based route planner. The desktop version will suggest the best routes for you and give you distances on a map. As a user has written, “This is the best way to plan my route!”
- Avoid Tolls, Traffic, and Highways: There are highways and tolls that you may want to avoid for some routes. For this, you can select it in special features and select the box for highways, traffic, ferries, and tolls roads. These are especially useful for truck drivers.
- Location Sharing: These apps have sharing features, making it easy to collaborate with team members (in the case of a small business) or with friends (in the case of a trip). These features create a shareable link that one can send in a text message, email, or social media to share a route or an address.
- Privacy and Data Security: Google uses a feature to track movements. This feature is called “location history.” For certain users, the privacy of data is critical. These users have a couple of choices. They can choose a competitor like MapQuest, or they can delete maps history. If you go into the place in Android or Chrome settings, you can disable the location history.
- Offline Maps: One of the features of Google Maps is the ability to create maps offline. This feature can be useful if you want to save data usage or travel to an address that doesn’t have internet or data access.
- Other Features: There are many other features that users are looking for in a route planner, such as the search bar, preferences, saving an address, menu items, real-time traffic incidents, customer service team, etc. Google Maps provides some of these real-time features. MapQuest has these other features like a customer service team and choosing preferences.
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You need to find an app that allows you to add multiple locations. Most apps like Waze, MapMe, and others have a limit of 2 stops. Google Maps allows up to 10, and MapQuest allows up to 26 stops. If you wish to have more than 26, you’ll need to pay a professional route planner.
The question which is “best” is always subjective. It always depends on your needs and preferences. A paid route planner will generally give better results. If you wish to use a free app, your top two choices are Google Maps and MapQuest. MapQuest can go up to 26 stops, whereas Google Maps is limited to 10. Google Maps does have more features, map styles, and data sets.
We hope this helps to clarify the tips, ways, and steps to improve your driving directions. We hope you will find the best route planner and map tool that is most appropriate for you. If you have other questions that you wish to ask us, as always, we are always here for you and your feedback.