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Driving routes

Selecting and driving routes

Selecting a route

Once you have bought a truck select a route by clicking the Select Destination link in the game menu. This will take you to the route selection screen.

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Use the dropdown list in the Destination field of the Route Selection box to select the city you wish to travel to and use the dropdown menu in the Cargo Selection box to select the cargo that you wish to haul. If Google maps allows it the map will show a diagram of your route from your current location (A) to your destination (B).

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Remember to try all cargo types that your city supplies and haul whichever pays the most. You will usually have a choice of 2 cargoes but on some cargo types are locked until you have the required experience (XP).

When planning your journeys you should make use of the Cargo Statistics and City Statistics pages. Look for cargoes with a high pay per mile (ppm) and head towards one that is close to your current location. Hauling a cargo to a city that demands it will result in you receiving the appropriate cargo bonus on top of the normal ppm for that route. This bonus is factored into the route payment calculation and not paid out in addition to the total you see.

When you are new to the game and/or do not have much cash in hand you should run short routes so that you get paid before you need to refuel your truck. The only way to “lose” TruckingSim is to run out of cash mid-route and be unable to refuel. If this happens to you you will need to reset your driver from the Settings page.

If you have joined a company you may wish to select an Optional Stop to make use of a company terminal mid-route. Company terminals are useful because they allow you to refuel and repair your truck without raising your Exhaustion Level (EL). Repairing and refuelling your truck without raising your EL means that you can spend more time on the road and earn more money.

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If you select an optional stop your route map will be updated (if supported). However, you do not get paid for any additional miles required to reach a optional stop so it is best not to deviate too far from your original route. Note that you can choose a non-company terminal as you optional stop but you will not get any bonus by doing so. See the Company Terminals guide for information on how to use company terminals.

The Route Summary box displays important information about your route. The miles field displays the total distance, including any detours to an optional stop. The XP and payout fields show how much you will be paid and how much experience you will gain when finishing your route. Neither of these figures change when adding an optional stop to your route.

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Perhaps the most important item in the Route Summary box is your Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). If you arrive at your destination after your ETA you will be charged a penalty for being late. The size of the penalty depends on the cargo being hauled. Cargoes with a higher ppm also come with higher penalties. Penalties range from $50 to $250 per day that you are late (if you are 1 minute late then that counts as one day, 24 hours and 1 minute counts as two days late). The late penalty for each cargo type is listed on the Cargo Statistics screen along with the ppm.

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The other important boxes are the Destination Information and Optional Destination boxes. If you have not selected an optional destination there is no Optional Destination box.

The Destination Information box shows the cargo types that you will be able to haul for your next route if you make it before the next cargo change and the Optional Destination box shows how far into your route your optional stop is. Cargo changes occur at 12:30 PM CET each Monday and Thursday.

In addition to this both boxes show the weather in the destination cities. Bad weather can force you to drive more slowly so you may wish to avoid the more serious weather types. If you hover your mouse over the weather symbol a tooltip will tell you the current weather type in that city. Current information about the weather in all TruckingSim cities, as well as 12 hour and 24 hour forecasts, is available via the Weather statistic page.

Once you are happy with your choice of route you can begin by clicking [Image: startroute.png] in the Route Summary box.

Driving your route

After you have selected your route you need to start driving. The route screen looks like this:

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Before you ask, no, you do not get to “actually” drive a truck. TruckingSim is a text based game rather than a free online version of 18WoS.

The most important part of this page is the “actions bar”.
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To drive type a speed into the box on the left and click the drive button to... well drive. Each leg that you drive will raise your EL by 10. You can safely exceed the speed limit by 5mph without getting a ticket but you still have to watch out for the weather speed if you don't want to damage your truck.

If you wish to refuel or repair whilst you are in route you can do so by clicking the appropriate button. Clicking refuel will fill your tank to 100% capacity. The fuel cost per gallon purchased is listed in the Gas Price field. Prices on the road randomly vary between $2.45 and $3.80 per gallon. You can check the price of fuel in each city on the [url=If you wish to refuel or repair whilst you are in route you can do so by clicking the appropriate button. Clicking refuel will fill your tank to 100% capacity. The fuel cost per gallon purchased is listed in the Gas Price field. Prices on the road randomly vary between $2.45 and $3.80 per gallon. You can check the price of fuel in each city on the <a href="http://truckingsim.com/cities.php" target="blank">City Statistics</a> page. The city prices change on a daily basis]City Statistics[/url] page. The city prices change on a daily basis
Clicking the repair button repairs both your engine condition and body condition up to the condition they were at when you purchased the truck. If you wish to repair your engine or body condition separately or purchase new tires for your truck you will have to do so via the garage section of the My driver page, or use one of the keyboard shortcuts listed below.

If you have selected an optional stop you can also refuel and repair from the optional stop screen once you reach that part of your journey.

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The buttons here work in exactly the same way as the refuel and repair buttons on your route dashboard.

If you have selected a route but not driven any legs there will be a Cancel Route button at the right hand end of the actions bar. This is your last chance to switch route if you have made a mistake with your route selection. Once you drive a leg you are locked in and must transport your cargo to its destination.

The route display page also has several keyboard shortcuts to control the actions you can take. These shortcuts are:

h - Highlight and focus on speed box
d - Drive
f - Refuel Truck
p - Repair Truck
e - Repair Engine
b - Repair Body

As you drive your route the route progress bar at the top of the page will fill to show how far along your route you have travelled. In addition to this you will be given color-coded feedback on any actions you take.

Good feedback is green.
Warnings are yellow.
Bad feedback is red.

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One of the bad feedback items is getting a ticket. Once you are given a ticket you cannot move on until that ticket is paid. To pay the ticket you must first click on the [Image: viewticket.png] button in the ticket feedback area. Clicking this button will give you a summary about your ticket. All tickets lower your XP by 0.5 as well as the cost listed for your ticket.

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Click [Image: payticket.png] to pay the ticket and continue on your route.

You can get tickets for several actions in TruckingSim:

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 5mph.
  • Driving when your EL is at 100 or higher.
  • Carrying more cargo than your permit allows.

As a new driver the ticket you are most likely to be given is for driving when your EL is over 100. To help you keep an eye on your EL level the Exhaustion field in the route statistics table is color-coded. The box changes from green (low) to red (high). Once your EL box is red you run the risk of being given a ticket. You will also receive a yellow warning feedback text about the level of your tiredness.

Once your EL has reached this stage it is time for you to take a rest. To rest simply stop clicking drive/refuel/repair. Every hour that you rest will lower your EL by 10. If you like you can come back once an hour and drive one leg or you can wait for ten hours and then drive ten legs at once. It doesn’t matter which method you choose but you should keep an eye on the Estimated End Time field so that you can make sure you finish your route before this. To make times easier to read you can set the clock to your local timezone in the Settings page.

When you complete your route you will see a short summary of your route. Once rested, you can start a new route to a new location.

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