Avoid Delays and Keep Your Gas Costs Down As You Go

From the office to the soccer field to the grocery store—if you have a regularly traveled route, you know that traffic jams and road construction can add up to lengthy delays. Finding an alternate route while you're on the road is not always easy.

It can also be costly to find yourself low on gas while you're on the road. To avoid paying a higher price unnecessarily, you need gas information as you travel.

There are a few things you can do to avoid the hassle of delays and to keep your fuel costs down while you're out. Read on to learn how Streets & Trips can help.

Arm yourself with accurate routes and directions

The phrase "cutting corners" takes on multiple meanings when applied to Streets & Trips. By searching for the most efficient route to work, school, or the grocery store, you can save both time and money!

Take contact information with you

If you need to juggle your schedule while you're on your route, you can do that easily by saving your contact information to your maps before leaving. You can import addresses and phone numbers for regular contacts—like businesses, friends, childcare, colleagues, or professional services—from programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook or from text files. Here's how:

  1. On the Data menu, click Import Data Wizard.
  2. Select the source file you want to import, and click Open.
  3. Within the source file, choose the dataset that you want Streets & Trips to use. For example, if you are importing from Microsoft Office Excel, you will need to select the desired sheet or range. If importing from Microsoft Office Access, you can select a specific table.
  4. After selecting the data, click Next. If you did not have to choose a sheet, range, table, or separator character, skip this step.
  5. Following the Data Wizard prompts, select the data type for each column of data as well as the Country/Region that pertains to the data, and specify if the first row of your data contains column headings.
  6. Click Finish.

You can now quickly add your contacts onto any map as destinations or instantly forward your travel plans to your contacts by e-mail.

Help with daily business travel

Does your daily route support your business? For some professionals, the daily commute continues throughout the day. If you frequently need to find new locations quickly and easily or calculate travel times for business appointments, Streets & Trips can help.

To learn more about finding and mapping locations, read the article "Creating Custom Routes".

If your business requires more substantial travel support—such as managing shipping routes and delivery systems, analyzing consumer demographics by region, or conducting international business—Microsoft MapPoint offers a suite of tools that can help. Click here to learn more about MapPoint.