Start your engines, using Road Warrior is easy! Below are the first few steps to get you on the road.
STEP ONE: Add Stops
Enter an Address
Click on the search button and begin to type an address. Once you type in at least 6 characters, results will display. Select the address by clicking on it. A box will pop up to let you visually confirm the address. Select Add Stop.
The search button is located in the lower right hand corner.
Once you start typing you can select an address from the suggestions list.
After you have entered the correct address, tap Add Stop to add it 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 on your map or list, then Update Start to change your starting location
Don’t know the address?
No problem! Just press and hold on the map in Planner View where you want to go and select Add Stop. A gray pin displays on the map to mark the Stop. Tap Add Stop and it becomes a red pin on the map.
STEP TWO: Optimize
Once you've added all of your Stops, it's time to create your most efficient route! Click the Get Route button at the bottom of the map.
The Get Route screen gives you options for viewing route information and adjusting some settings. (see advanced below for more information)
Tap Optimize and Road Warrior's advanced algorithm will create the fastest route between the stops you've added, even taking into consideration current traffic conditions. Your Route Summary will briefly display
And your optimal route will appear as a Purple Line between each stop.
Tapping Route Info will show you information such as:
- travel time (total driving time)
- the total time (driving time plus service time for each stop)
- total distance
You will also have options to Edit the route.
Warrior Tip: The route path is designed to provide a high level overview of full route, but will not display the 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 from the pop-up menu.
Your mapping app of choice will launch with the address pre-loaded for navigation. The default is Apple Maps and can be changed under Settings.
When you are ready to drive to your next Stop, close the map application and reopen Road Warrior to repeat the process.
Warrior Tip: The fastest way to move from your mapping app back to Road Warrior is to press the "Back to Road Warrior" arrow in the upper left hand corner of your screen.
OPTIONAL NEXT STEPS
Now that you've got the basics, here's a few tricks to customize your route.
Saving 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 also be able to:
- Add Availability for a recurring weekly schedule.
- Set the pin color on the map.
- Add Notes which contain a #hashtag for searching and filtering.
- Track ongoing Activity on that Favorite.
If you have already added a Stop to your route, you can choose to save it as a Favorite by clicking on the Stop and tapping the Add Favorite star from the pop-up menu.
You can also add a Favorite while you are making a route by pressing and holding on the map where you would like the Favorite to be and selecting Add Favorite.
View and edit all of your Favorites in the menu on the left-hand side under Favorites.
Check In at 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 at 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.
This will result in a black circle on the stop pin. If the route is optimized again, this stop will be included in the new route.
Your Check Ins are saved under History in the left hand side bar to allow you to keep track of your visits.
Filtering Displayed Stops:
Once you have added all of your Stops and Favorites to your map, you may want to limit those that are displayed.
To do this, tap the Filter icon at the top right of the map.
Select which filter (Stop or Favorite) you want to adjust. You will several options to limit the Stops that you will see on the map (Distance from Start, Text Match, Status, etc.).
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. Then type that hashtag into the Hashtags section of the filter screen and make sure the filter is on.
Note that all Stops on the active Route are always displayed. Also, if you set the 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
From the Planner View you can toggle back and forth between Map and List, to see your stops as a list.
In the list of addresses, swipe to the left on a Stop to remove from the route or access the other options available for a Stop.
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 the number of the first Stop displayed followed by a "+" sign. In the image below, the Stop pin is indicating that the 3rd location on your route has more than 1 Stop.
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.
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.