A Layman’s Guide to the Travel Risk Planning System

TRiPS is a travel risk planning system that has been designed by the military. This system is very unique and performs risk assessment to determine the likelihood of problems when driving. Initially developed for personal use, the TRiPS army system is now publicly available for the military to use.

Let’s take a look what how the travel risk planning system, TRiPs, really works.

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How it Works




Commanders and leaders use this system to help determine if their troops will return back from a trip. When a solider is going to go on the road for leave or simply to travel outside of the local area, TRiPS may be used.

Don’t get confused. This system is meant to work with automobiles; it will not help with walking or any other form of travel.

What’s Required?

Before we delve into some of the features of the system and how it works, it’s important to know that very little information needs to be plugged in online. You’ll need to enter only the following information:

  • Vehicle type
  • Travel data

The travel data will include points and where your destination will be. These are all very simple to answer, easy questions.

Once answered, the system will go through an advanced analysis using the data supplied.

Assessment Begins

After you’ve entered your data, the online tool will have to perform calculations. Don’t worry, this is a very fast process. Now, the user is presented with the following information:

  • Reports from accidents along your route.
  • Possible mitigation strategies to consider.

What’s most impressive is that all of these accidents occurred under similar situations. For instance, if you’re driving an SUV, the system would check for SUV accidents that occurred on the same roads that you would be traveling. However, the system goes into much greater detail and analysis than this. Weather and driving conditions will also be considered. So, if it’s raining and the weather is 45 degrees, the system will calculate all of this to find similar accident scenarios.

Considering all of the factors, the tool will do further analysis to determine how you can possibly avoid these accidents.

Now, another prompt will be displayed that will ask you about different mitigation options that you would like to choose. You’ll select these measures and finally be supplied with the information needed for the safest possible route.

Among this information will be:

  • Driving directions
  • Maps to the destination

If you accept military pay, you’ll be happy to know that all of this plus a partially completed leave form will be sent to your supervisor for approval.

The TRiPS risk assessment is extremely accurate and has been used by military personnel all over the world. Now, it’s available right online for the everyday traveler to use and enjoy.

You can access the online tool by visiting:

Why TRiPS is Utilized

travel risk planning asssessmentMilitary personnel are regarded highly. Keeping the world safe, the military wants to ensure that their soldiers are never put at an unnecessary risk when out on the road. If something does happen, the military will use the data provided and scour the route so that they can figure out what happened to the soldier along the way.

If clearance needs to be provided, commanders can use the directions provided to ask for clearance along the way.

It’s a smart, intuitive tool that allows for trip planning to be done in a non-time consuming manner.

After all, keeping paperwork to a minimum allows for commanders to get more work done.

Through the use of an online submission, it really doesn’t get any easier than TRiPS. Now, the system can be seen in the navy and army.

Newly Released Features

While basic at first, the Army has greatly expanded on the features of TRiPS with one of the biggest advancements seen in May of 2014. The following features were added to ensure soldier safety at all times:

  • Increased user load capacity so that users are better able to access the system when they need it most.
  • Security compliance measures were implemented to DoD standards.
  • Notification systems were greatly enhanced to provide notices for construction, weather and any hazards not present during the initial assessment.
  • One-way, multi-leg and round-trip travel information is now provided along with additional reports.

The army also promised that there would be an application that could be used to access the system at any time.

Interface and mapping upgrades were done internally so that the system is visually appealing and maps are highly accurate. Email compatibility and accident updates were also another small update that was added into the system.


With the entire armed forces using the system, it has allowed for a major boost in solid safety when on leave. Saving lives and preventing accidents, the system has proved to be extremely effective.

In fact, only 8 percent of accidents occurring within the military in 2013 occurred when a solider used the TRiPS system. With over 10 million total assessments, this is an astonishing number. It should be noted that this data consists of trips only exceeding 150 miles from home.

The future of the TRiPS army system is one that looks bright. Being highly effective, drivers have been able to avoid dangerous roads and routes to ensure their safety at all times. While accidents do occur regardless, the TRiPS system has shown that it’s possible to greatly reduce unnecessary accidents and bring soldiers home safely from trips.