Life on the road can be lonely when you have your sights on yellow lines and a truck stop meal three hours away. But, what if I were to tell you that your beloved pooch could sit in as your trusted travel companion during those long drives across state lines? Say, “Adios!” to the days admiring your fiery pooch and majestic feline through a photograph clipped to your visor, and say, “Hello!” to sloppy puppy kisses and loving mews from the passenger seat of your big rig.
As we kick off 2016, more and more trucking companies are adapting their policies to become more pet friendly as drivers haul freight across the nation. Many companies require a fee for your fluffy friends, but this is a small price to pay for the love and company from your beloved pet during long drives. Plus, many companies are OK with cats and more exotic animals riding along, as long as they don’t cause a distraction from driving safely.
After all, 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, which is why the popularity of pets on the road is expected to grow significantly over the next few years. Not to mention, since so many drivers are on the road for lengthy periods of time, a pet in the passenger seat will bring some of the comforts of home to the open road. And wouldn’t snuggling up with your furry friend make sleeping after a long haul so much more enjoyable?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling with pets:
- Be prepared to pay up
- Your pup or feline may be required to pay rent in your truck. This could be in the form of a pet deposit fee, cleaning fee, or repairs in case of an accident. This doesn’t mean your company doesn’t trust you with your pet, it is simply a precaution because… accidents happen!
- Get ready to plan around your pet
- If you prefer cozying up in the sleeper bed of your truck, then this tip doesn’t apply to you. However, there may be lodging and truck stops that don’t allow pets, so don’t forget to research!
- You might need to leave Ms. Sassy and Lizard Larry at home
- While the thought of trucking with pets is new and exciting, many companies only allow dogs as travel companions. The reason for this is simple. Cats become attached to places, and more exotic animals like snakes and lizards are less likely to adapt to long trips.
- Have your pet’s health papers ready
- Just like truckers need to stay healthy and alert on the road, it is important for pets to stay healthy and healthy—especially when adapting to new environments. Veterinary inspection laws vary for state to state, so be sure to research health laws and keep your pet up to date with vaccinations.
Are you thinking about bringing your pet along for the ride? Read more about pet policies and whether or not your company is pet friendly here.
There are many perks to having a pet on the road, such as barking alarm clock and source of protection. But most importantly, your pet will make you feel at home, regardless of where the road takes you. Will your pet call shotgun on the next long haul?