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Driver Feasibility

A Valuable Feature in LoadMaster

Dispatching is a risky business. You want to match a load with a driver, but do you have the right driver? There are a lot of factors that come into play.

How It Works

Driver Feasibility is the new feature in LoadMaster that helps you manage these factors easily and quickly.

Here’s how it works. With the click of a button, LoadMaster instantly evaluates whether or not it’s feasible for this driver to haul this load. The system looks at the current load, notes the truck’s current location and expected delivery time, and ensures that there are no other planned activities that would make that driver unavailable. Then it looks at the pre-assignment and calculates times for driving empty, loading, hauling the load, fueling, breaks, and unloading. It matches all of these times to HOS data collected by electronic HOS reporting in mobile comm units, and decides if the driver has the needed available hours to make the delivery on time.

Timeline Display

All of these calculations can be viewed in a timeline display that mimics the appearance of a driver’s log. The timeline shows the loading and unloading time, driving time, and break time that LoadMaster is projecting for this load. Maybe the system says a particular driver isn’t feasible, but when you examine the timeline, you decide that the driving time was too high. You can go ahead and assign the load to this driver. In this case, you can enter a comment to explain why you’re choosing this driver, and the comment will be stored in the order history record.

A Powerful Training Tool

Experienced dispatchers have learned to juggle all of these variables, but even the best can make mistakes, and there’s always the issue of training new personnel. Driver Feasibility helps ensure that new people learn all of the factors that must be considered when choosing a driver for a load. All of the evaluations and calculations involved are on view, so it’s easy to gain a clear understanding of the full picture.