Long-haul truck driving is a potentially lonely profession. Fortunately, by having a pet in the cab with you, you can have some comforting companionship while on the road. Plus, you may experience a range of other benefits.
Whether you’re seeking new commercial driving employment opportunities or are currently employed, here’s a look at the benefits of truck driving with a pet.
The Benefits of Truck Driving with a Pet
While the exact benefits you receive may vary, many studies link having pets with better health. Pets can reduce your odds of depression and prompt the release of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. With a pet, you also get more physical contact with another living being, which can satisfy the desire for touch and a sense of connection.
A pet may reduce your hypertension and heart disease risk. Plus, certain pets – particularly dogs – encourage you to exercise to ensure their needs are met. Since a dog needs walking, it leads you to pause while on the road for the occasional stroll, which is good for your health.
Pets have a range of needs that need addressing, such as regular feedings and bathroom breaks. Since that’s the case, truck drivers with pets are less likely to push themselves to stay on the road too long. Instead, they’ll take their breaks to ensure their pet is properly cared for during the journey.
While the main goal of the break could be to care for a pet, it’s beneficial for drivers, too. It gives them a chance to rest and rejuvenate, which can lead to better mental clarity once they get back on the road.
A Conversation Partner
While a pet may not be able to respond verbally when you speak to it, that doesn’t mean a pet isn’t a good conversation partner when on the road. Talking to your pet can boost your mood and combat loneliness, giving you some interaction that doesn’t always occur on long-haul routes.
Plus, your pet is an incredible confidante, as they can’t share what you say. As a result, you can discuss your feelings openly, which is often cathartic.
What You Need to Do Before Driving with a Pet
While there are many benefits of having a pet with you on the road, there are things you need to do before bringing a pet alone. First, check with your manager or HR to ensure pets are allowed by the trucking company, as not all of them permit it.
Second, only get a new pet if you can take care of it properly. Pets are a significant investment, including when it comes to time, attention, and money, so ensure you’re comfortable with the commitment before moving forward.
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