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New Features - 4/23/10

04/23/10

Permalink 12:10:16 pm, Categories: new features , Tags: queries, routes

The TruckMaster Fuel Finder™ has had some powerful new features added in the last few weeks that I'd like to make sure you are aware of.

First of all, we've added a more powerful query entry:

  • Save the queries that you run for quick access later.
  • Specify the route that you are currently running so that the points are auto filled when you return.
  • Load the query screen quickly. All of the text that we put on the TruckMaster Fuel Finder™ home page for new users and search engines has been removed.
  • Specify up to 3 via points on a query.
  • Indicate the stops that you plan to make on the route.
  • Have quick access to stops by state, interstate, affiliation, through a new menu system.

You must be a registered user to utilize this new feature, but registration is free and easy.

Let's take a quick walk through of this new feature:

  1. Start off at FindFuelStops.com.
  2. To the right of the route entry area, you'll see an "Advanced Query" button, click it.
  3. If you are not logged on, you'll be prompted to do so. Register if you haven't already.
  4. You are now on the advanced query page. Enter the points of your route. I entered Boise, ID as the origin, and Portland, OR as my destination.
  5. After you've changed your search criteria and selected your desired amenities, click the "Find Stops" button.
  6. You are presented with the stops along the route. Place a check next to stops that you plan to make, I chose Gem Stop in Nampa, ID, and Troutdale Travel Center in Troutdale, OR.
  7. Towards the top of the page, you'll see a "Save as Active Route" button, click it.

That's it! Now, every time I return to FindFuelStops.com and log in, this route will appear as a link at the top of the screen. I need only click on it to have it automatically entered for me again. I also am able to specify how far I've traveled from the origin (Boise in this example). Updating the progress on my route will allow me to use some advanced features still in the works.

As an alternative, if this is a query that I expect to run again in the future, I could name and save the query. This would cause the query to appear in the Queries menu at the top of the page.

Now that I've created my first route, I see some of the other new features we've added:

  • Keep a historical register of routes that you've run.
  • Track fuel purchases you make.
  • Have an unlimited number of stops on a route.

Want to try it?

  1. Click on the "Active Route" link at the top of the screen. You're now on the route entry window. Here I see the stops of my route, as well as the fuel stops that I selected as "planned" stops when I created my query. I can remove stops that I didn't actually make, or scroll down and select additional ones that I did make from the complete list of stops on the route.
  2. Let's say that I'm 125 miles from Boise now, enroute to Portland. I enter 125 in the "Current Miles from origin" text box.
  3. In my case, I actually did stop at Gem Stop in Nampa, ID. I enter the date and time that I stopped there, as well as the cost and quantity of fuel, and click "Save".
  4. The details that I've added to this route are now saved, and again accessible from the "Active Route" link at the top of the page every time I return to FindFuelStops.com and log in.
  5. I can also access this route (and any other ones that I've created) at any point in the future by selecting the "Route List" option from the "Routes" menu at the top left of the page.

We hope that these new features make your use of the TruckMaster Fuel Finder™ more efficient and beneficial.

Coming soon: IFTA tax reporting, road condition alerts, fuel price change alerts.

Greg Dodson
TruckMaster Fuel Finder

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