The level of traffic to be found on the route that has been planned must be taken into consideration. This will affect the time taken for the journey. Where possible, an earlier start is preferred. If the travel to the collection location can be done before heavy traffic sets in, then the loading of the van can happen during rush hour, allowing the travel to the delivery location to happen during the next light traffic cycle. Staying slightly out of phase with heavy traffic flows helps to reduce the time taken for the overall job.
Today we moved a customer from Harlesden to Oxford and we started at 7am. This customer lived above some shops and starting early allowed us to vacate the area before the morning traffic set in. This meant that we caused less of a disturbance than we would have if we’d started an hour later and the trip up to Oxford was also a lot quicker.