Trucking with a pet is how many truckers have solved the problem of loneliness. This can be a great solution, but only with careful planning. Before throwing Fluffy into your truck, consider the following:
Follow the Rules
The very first thing to check are the policies of your trucking company. If they do allow pets, there may be an additional deposit or an extra cost to cover any additional cleaning due to the pet. If you get the okay, or if you’re an owner-operator, you should also consider state laws. Many states regulate pets traveling through, just to ensure that they are not bringing any diseases into the state. If you get pulled over, authorities will likely ask for a health certificate, proof of vaccinations, or something similar from your veterinarian. Do a little research during your trip planning and make sure to plan appropriately based on the states you will be traveling through. At the minimum, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and gets a yearly checkup, and then carry a copy of the paperwork from your Vet.
You’re bound to encounter more than a few inconsiderate drivers. We’re not talking about trucker on trucker conflicts here, as it’s the non-trucking population that most often struggles to share the road with commercial vehicles.
How do we deal with inconsiderate drivers? Let’s take a look:
Inconsiderate drivers can be simply infuriating at times, but the worst thing you can do is something that might escalate the situation. Driving aggressively or focusing too much attention on the inconsiderate driver is a recipe for disaster. Think a bad driver is going to give you a bad day? Wait until the situation escalates and you get into an accident. The first thing you should do when dealing with these drivers is to just remain calm. This isn’t always easy as these drivers can be truly frustrating, but think about the consequences of one bad decision, one little mistake.
The nature of the work associated with long haul trucking doesn’t make it very easy to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is possible, though, and it all starts with the choice to do just that.
A lot goes into a truly healthy lifestyle, including good sleep, a stimulated mind, and even time with your loved ones, but the two biggest challenges that have the most impact on a driver’s health are diet and exercise. Over the road truckers sit for long periods of time and often have to settle for fast food or anything they can quickly eat in order to conserve precious time. It may be difficult, but there are steps truckers can take to lead a healthy lifestyle and still do the job that makes up the backbone of this great country.
There is something about the holiday season that brings out the best in people, and may even inspire them to do a few good deeds. We’re reminded of this every time we dip into a store and pass a Salvation Army bell ringer. Truck drivers are no exception.
Truck drivers helping out on the road
We have all seen a horror or thriller movie about a crazed truck driver chasing down hapless victims in their big intimidating trucks, and it goes without saying