Start your engines, getting started with Road Warrior is easy! Below are the first few steps to get you on your way.
STEP ONE: Add Stops
Click on the Add Location button and begin to type an address. Once you type in at least 6 characters, results will display. Select the address by tapping on it. A box will pop up to let you visually confirm the address. Select Add Stop.
The add location button is raspberry colored, and located near the bottom right corner of the screen.
Once you start typing, you can select an address from the suggestions list.
After you have entered the correct address, select the red pin to add this stop to your route.
Repeat this step for each of the Stops on your route.
If your start address is different from your current location, select the green flag to change your starting location.
Don’t know the address?
No problem! Just press and hold on the Map where you want your pin to be placed and click Add Stop. A red pin displays on the map to mark the Stop.
STEP TWO: Optimize
Once you've added all of your Stops, it's time to create the most efficient route.
Tap the "Get Route" button at the bottom of the screen to put the finishing touches on your route.
The Get Route screen lets you adjust your optimization and route settings before you optimize. You can update your route's starting time and position, among several other settings.
Click the Optimize button at the bottom of the screen and Road Warrior's advanced algorithm will create the fastest route between the stops you've added, taking into consideration many different factors including traffic conditions and road speed and distance.
Once your route is optimized, a summary will appear on the screen indicating:
- total travel time (driving time)
- the total time (driving time plus service time for each stop)
- total distance
You can find this info also by tapping the "Route Info" button in the lower right corner of the screen.
In the example above, the route details are:
- Travel Time (driving only) = 2 hours and 32 minutes
- Total Time (driving time plus service time) = 3 hours 9 minutes
- Total Distance = 116.3 miles
Your optimized route is displayed as a purple line between your stops.
Warrior Tip: The route path is designed to provide a high level overview of full route, but will not display turn-by-turn directions. Continue to Step Three to see how to use the Navigate button on each pin to get the exact details of how to drive to each stop.
STEP THREE: Navigate
Now that your route is calculated and displayed, it's time to drive to your first Stop!
Click on the first Stop on your route and select Navigate.
Your mapping app of choice will launch with the address pre-populated for navigation. The default is Google Maps and can be changed under Settings.
When you are ready to drive to your next Stop, close the map application and open Road Warrior to repeat the process.
Warrior Tip: If you have Android 7 or above, you can quickly switch back to Road Warrior by double tapping the Android task/overview button (the square button next to home/back).
Otherwise, the fastest way to move from your mapping app back to Road Warrior is to click your phone's back button a few times.
OPTIONAL NEXT STEPS
Now that you've got the basics, here's a few tricks to customize your route.
Save a Stop as a Favorite:
A Favorite is a Stop that you have saved for use in a future route. By saving a Stop as a Favorite, you'll be able to:
- Add Availability for a recurring weekly schedule.
- Set the favorite pin color on the map.
- Add Notes which contain a hashtag for searching and filtering.
- Track ongoing History on that Favorite.
If you already have a Stop on your route, you can choose to save it as a a Favorite by clicking on the Stop and clicking the "Save Favorite button.
You can also add a Favorite while you are making a route by pressing and holding on the map where you want to add the Favorite, and selecting "Add Favorite."
View and edit all your Favorites at the left-hand side bar under Favorites.
Check In a Stop:
When you arrive at a stop, you can check in to the Stop to confirm that it is finished and keep track of your progress on the map.
To Check In a Stop, select the Stop and choose Check In.
The Stop pin now displays a check mark. This is useful for keeping track of which stops you have visited.
If the route is optimized again, the stop with a check mark will no longer be included in the route.
You can always remove the Check In by clicking on the Stop and selecting Restore.
Your Check Ins are saved under Activity in the left hand side bar to allow you to keep track of your visits.
Warrior Tip: Don't forget, when you optimize a route, any already Checked in Stops will not display on the route.
Filter Displayed Favorites:
Once you have added all of your Stops and Favorites to your map, you may want to limit those that are displayed.
Tap the Filter icon at the top right of the planner screen to open the filter dialog.
This allows you several options to limit the stops and favorites that you will see on the map. You can independently choose to filter stops and favorites - for example you could choose to only see Active stops, and favorites within 5 miles.
Also you can filter by name and address by typing into the filter text box.
You can also assign a customized field called Hashtags for further filtering. To use Hashtags for filtering, put a hashtag in the Notes section of your Favorite or Stop. Then, type that hashtag into the Hashtags section of the filter screen and make sure that the filter is enabled.
Note, if you set a Filter to Active Stops Only, any Checked In stops will not display.
Warrior Tip: Tag VIP customers as #VIP by typing #VIP in the notes section of those Favorites. Then, turn on the filter and type #VIP in the hashtag section of the Filter screen to display them.
Learn about more advanced ways to set up custom filtering here.
View Stops as a List
In the planner view you have the option to view your route on the map (Map View) or as a list (List View).
You can also toggle back and forth between Map View and List view using the tabs at the top of the screen.
In the List View, click on a Stop to view the options for that stop. If you want to delete a stop, you can tap the Delete button here.
Remember that filters apply to both the List View and Map View.
Warrior Tip: If you have multiple Stops at the same location (e.g., an apartment building) it can be convenient to review them in List View. On the Map View, locations with more than one Stop will have a dash to indicate multiple Stops at the same location. In the image above, the Stop pin is indicating that both Stops 2 and 3 are at the same location.
If you want to set your trip to end in the same location as the start, you can edit your route to make it a round trip.
This can be done either from the Get Route screen, or the route edit screen. Tap Get Route at the bottom of the planner, and then tap the item in the top left to toggle between a One Way route and a Round Trip route.
Your green start flag will appear with a checkerboard background to indicate that the route is a roundtrip.
You can specify which Stop must be the first on the route by marking the pin as Mark First.
Simply click on the pin and select Mark First.
The pin will display with a green center to indicate it is selected as the first stop.
You can specify which Stop must be the last on the route by marking the pin as Final.
Simply click on the pin and select Mark Final.
The pin will display with a checkerboard pattern to indicate it is selected as the final stop.