How to keep a mileage log

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How to keep a mileage log
A small pocket calendar will give you dates to chronologically structure your mileage log. (notebook in close up image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Mileage logs are kept by business professionals and athletes to track travelled distances. An accurate mileage log gives a day-to-day record of distances travelled. Commercial truck drivers and drivers of company-owned cars are often required to keep a detailed mileage log for every business related trip. Athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists use mileage logs to track their performance during training sessions. Make your mileage log accessible and update it regularly to keep it current.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pocket calendar
  • Pen with clip
  • Rubberband (optional)
  • Spreadsheet program (optional)

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Instructions

    Vehicle Mileage Log

  1. 1

    Open the pocket calendar to the day of the trip and write down the mileage reading from the odometer on the line for the corresponding day.

  2. 2

    Use a separate line for another date or another trip. Close the mileage log with the pen clipped inside and place it somewhere safe and accessible. Securing the mileage log to the steering wheel of your vehicle with a rubberband will make it visible and easy to grab.

  3. 3

    Write in the final odometer reading in the mileage log above the first record from earlier that day.

  4. 4

    Subtract the old odometer reading from the new one to get a total distance travelled for the day.

  5. 5

    Tear the page out of the pocket calendar each time it is filled with mileage information. Store the filled pages in a safe place in your office or transfer the data to a mileage spreadsheet your the computer.

    Athletic Mileage Log

  1. 1

    Write the distance goals for each day in the corresponding day in the pocket calendar. This can be done weeks in advance or at the beginning of each day.

  2. 2

    Record the total distance travelled each day next to the goal number for that day in the mileage log.

  3. 3

    Subtract the daily distance goals from the total estimated distance travelled that day to see if they are above or below their projections.

  4. 4

    Store the mileage log, with the pen clipped inside, in your gym bag or workout clothes to avoid forgetting to fill it in each time you exercise.

  5. 5

    Tear the page out of the pocket calendar each time it is filled with mileage information. Store the filled pages in a safe place in your office or transfer the data to a mileage spreadsheet your the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a brightly coloured sticker to the front of the pocket calendar to make it more eye-catching. If you notice the mileage log, you will remember to fill it out more often.
  • Some cars feature interactive mileage calculators that can help you retrieve information on trips you forgot to record.
  • Many smart phones are now offering free and pay applications to record mileage directly onto the cell phone.

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