I'm new to this and would really like tio learn all of your tricks on how to deliver faster and still give good service.thanks for sharing.
I too have one of those rural routes too where I may drive at least a half mile to deliver one paper and then turn immediately around. Sometimes it ticks me off especially when I get little or no tip, but most of the time I simply sit back and enjoy the scenery. I live in Western PA and drive though a lot of woods. I content myself bird watching, listening to books, podcasts, or music.
I HIGHLY suggest a 36" pair of grabbers, I bought one called STEEL GRIP from Amazon. I have used them for over a year and they are very sturdy. It takes a while to develop a deft hand at doing the weekend paper, but they're great.
The other lifesaver is AAA. In one year I've gone through one set of tires and one doughnut.
I drove about 21k this past year. Seventy m.p.d. to deliver 110 papers.
The paper pays me as much or more as a subsidy as I get for the actual papers.
I make about $800/month.
There is a gps map with a user interface designed for a paper route on the Google Play Store. The app has a place to keep tips, complaints, daily schedule and updates as you do the route. It reduced my complaints from 2 per day to 2 per week.
learn to maintain your own car
buy extra rims and search for good used tires. (keep one fulsize in the car at all times)
keep items like brakes, oil change stuff, and tires on hand.
spend a bit more and get syn oil and ceramic brakes
get a "route emegency kit" toghther
if you have a car only for delivery, then check into eco modding.
if you're worried about mech brakedown, ditches, and deer then get roadside (it has saves me ALOT)
i have a country route and have been doing it for near 6 years now. maintaining and repairing my own car has saved thousands.
A very spaced out route is about the worse route you can get, especially if your car is not fuel efficient.
The best advice I can give is get a Toyota Tercel and hope for the best. Throw as many papers as possible without having to do 3 point turns, back tracking, etc. See if the DM can get you more money for having a rural and/or spaced out route. They are the absolute hardest routes to do and make a profit.
I am using a car and my route is very spaced out. Any tips?
Are you using a bike, a car, or walking to deliver your papers?
Congrats on the new route and good luck!