Advantages Excellent For Planning Routes
Disadvantages A Few Errors
This review is specifically about AA Routefinder, a service provided by the AA. It is posted under a general section for the AA Website because this is the category that Ciao decided to create for my product proposal.I have been using the AA Routefinder for quite some time now and find it to be very useful. For those of you who may be able to make use of this and have not yet discovered it for yourself I thought that it might be a good idea to make it the subject of my latest Ciao review.
AA Routefinder is an Online Database, which can be used for planning Car journeys or calculating routes. It can be found at http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp?database=B or it can be accessed via the AA's main webpage at http://www.theaa.comTHE SITE LAYOUT
The home page has a bright yellow band across the top of the screen that bears the AA logo, which for those of you that are not familiar with this it is two capital letter "A's" in yellow in a small black square. The rest of the site in predominately white with black text.Down the left hand side of the page there are several headings. These are entitled:
Products and Services - I find it quite significant that this is the first sub heading on the page. Clicking on here just takes you to a page advertising all of the AA products and services that are available and this section bears no reference to the Routefinder or Route Planning section of the site at all.The second heading is called Routes and Traffic - This forms the bulk of the section which is most useful in planning your journey and clicking on this heading reveals five different sub headings. These are entitled Routes in Britain, Routes in Ireland, Routes in Europe, SMS Traffic Alerts, and AA Navigator.
The site is very user friendly to use and if you select "Routes in Britain" under the "Routes and Traffic" heading then the cookies on the site will remember this and it will default to this the next time that you visit the site.There are three main fields displayed in the middle of the homepage under the heading "Enter Your Route." These are as below:
From (Start of your journey)
To (End of your journey)
When these fields have been filled you then click on the "Confirm locations" tab beneath these fields. This will bring up a more detailed description of the locations that you are trying to plan your route between. If there are more than one example of the place name that you have entered then all possible options will be listed in a drop down list and you have to select the correct one.
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