You often see people with their pets in the vehicles as they travel, but what about professional drivers? Why would a driver want a pet in the truck with them? Would it be a benefit, or a hinderance? Let’s find out!

Truck drivers spend a lot of time alone on the road, driving from one city to another. Sometimes going out for weeks on end. This is a lifestyle, not just a career. It can be a very lonely one at that. That being said, there are ways to combat that feeling of loneliness while out on the road.

Taking the family pet on the road is a great way to have companionship while being away from your family. There are many benefits of doing this as you can well imagine. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, or another kind of animal, they all are great company out on the road.

Here we look at the benefits of taking a pet on the road with you:

Health benefits

  1. Lowers your stress level.
  2. Playing with your pet can elevate the chemicals in your brain, which can help to relax and calm you.

Lifestyle Benefits

  1. Increases the likelihood of both of you getting more exercise.
  2. A responsibility to feed and care for your pets everyday.
  3. Interacting or playing with animals decreases your stress.
  4. Pets can be a great source of comfort and support (talk to your pets)

Social Benefits

  1. People love to talk about their pets, helps you to meet new people.
  2. Pets create positive attention in the way of smiles for people.

Mental Health Benefits

  1. Increases empathy.
  2. Reduces anxiety.
  3. Reduces agression.

Driving Benefits

  1. Drivers with pets are typically happier, increasing retention rates.
  2. Being happier contributes to smarter driving decisions.

Did you know that 60% of truck drivers own a pet, and 40% of them take their pet on the road. The most common pets that drivers take on the road are dogs and cats. A lot of trucking companies are now understanding the benefits of allowing pets in the trucks. If you are a driver that takes your pet on the road, there are a few things you will need to bring in your truck. 

  1. You will need a supply of water
  2. A leash, for when you go on walks.
  3. Obviously pet food is a priority.
  4. A food and water dish.
  5. Any medications your pet may be taking (have receipts for cross border travelling)
  6. Some toys for your pet to play with.

Travelling with your pet can be great, if done correctly. A few simple tips can make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone.

Make sure your pet is on a leash, and has an identification tag. Keep them nearby when out and about with them. DO NOT leave them in the truck cab for any length of time, as the cab could reach 100+ degrees on hot days. Keep your pet away from the drivers seat, and pedals while driving. This could cause a serious incident, or accident for you and others.

You can see that there are many benefits to having a pet in the truck cab with you. To go back to the question of whether having a pet in the truck would be a benefit or a hinderance, well, it appears that there are many benefits to having a furry friend in your cab. 

Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Relationship Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers with better Health, Safety, Wellness & Driver Solutions.