Taking Your Pet Over-the-Road with You

Take your pet best friend with you to work. Did you ever think that would be possible, as a professional truck driver? Get ready for this great news — it is possible!

Some companies see the many benefits to you — and to them — if you travel with a pet companion. To make it happen, they’ve put smart policies in place.

However, there’s more to it than just helping your pooch into the cab of your truck every workday.

Three Benefits of Having your Pet Join you:

1. Cuts the loneliness when you’re away from home because you’re bringing some “home” along with you!

2. Get/stay healthy. Movement is important to your health and to your pets. Exercise each other (be sure your pal wears a leash, so he doesn’t take off for parts unknown)!

3. Worry-free traveling. You won’t have to wonder and worry about what’s happening to your pet back home while you and your family aren’t home during the day to take care of him.

Playing by the rules:

Pet policies aren’t a one-size-fits-all. Each company will have its own policies, depending on what they feel is fair to you, your pet, and to them.

Health Certificate — Your company will want proof that your pet pal has his shots and is in good health.

Pet Deposit — Pet-friendly trucking companies will ask for a deposit, much like a leasing company requires a deposit when you rent an apartment or a house. The good news is, the pet deposit, or part of it, may be refundable if you ever leave the company’s employment.

Number, kind, breed, and weight limit — One dog and one cat, one dog only, one cat only. Restricted breed (as in, the non-aggressive breeds). Weight limit, say 60 lbs. per pet. All of these requirements will likely be part of your company’s pet policy.

Their Space — Your pet won’t be allowed in the front passenger seat while you’re driving, for apparent safety reasons.

Ready to roll? First, use these packing tips for your pet:

  • Collar, halter, leash – your pet probably won’t be allowed to run free at the customer’s site, or at some truck stops.
  • Water in refillable containers, and a water bowl
  • Food and treats
  • A favorite toy
  • Sponges, paper towel rolls, and spray cleaners… in case of an accident inside the truck or in your pet’s space in the truck
  • Proof your pet friend is up-to-date on shots

Your company’s policies may require other items to ensure the safety of you and your pet, their vehicle, and customers. Be sure to ask questions if you’re unsure.

Enjoy your trucking career even more with the exciting possibility of taking your furry friend with you in your travels!

United Trucking Driving School trains you to earn an above-average living, in a growing industry that needs dedicated, qualified, and well-trained people just like you!

Father’s Day Gifts for Truck Driving Dad

Sometimes it may seem a puzzle to decide on a gift for Father’s Day for a truck driver. Here are some awesome suggestions sure to remain in anyone’s budget while still making sure they will be useful while out on the job.

Gift Suggestions

The Trucker Path Pro App which allows a truck driver to know details such as which truck stops have vacancies, which are full, fuel prices, and weigh station status. Path Pro details provide information on at least 9 areas helpful for a trucker such restaurants, hotels, DOT inspections, repair shops, dealer centers, and Walmarts. This is sure to be Dad’s shiny new app for months to come, not to mention making his trucking life easier. Make sure there are maps for the dead service zones he may encounter from time to time.

Update that first aid kit he’s been meaning to improve on for his truck. Now the kit will finally be satisfactory and worries will be diminished. This can most likely be accomplished for less than $25.

Purchase new sheets for the cab mattress, ($27), and other touches of home. Add notes or children’s hand-drawn pictures plus a folder to keep the drawings in.

Craft a gift picture album of photos of the family. Include the wedding picture and photos of the kids at each stage of their lives. Add new photos, unbeknownst to him, each week.

Fill up his fridge or cooler with healthy snacks, approximately ($30.00), that he enjoys, so there will be less eating from convenience stores and truck stops.

Buy him with an electric blanket, starting at $31 at Target, with a long cord for an easy plugin for those cool nights. Be sure and also include an inverter which can be handy for other things as well.

Don’t forget the pillows that would feel great night after night.

Another good safety item, so those all-important conversations don’t need to be postponed on the road, would be to purchase a hands-free headset for $16.95 at Walmart for his cell phone to prevent distractions and tickets while driving.

Purchase a tire pressure monitoring system so Dad can see at a glance which tires need air to improve his safety and also save time in inclement weather. Despite the sophisticated sound, most vary in price to fit any budget, ranging from $15 to $50.

The Most Important Gift

If your dad is not yet a truck driver, acquire an application from the United Truck Driving School as a gift. The best vote of confidence in his dream is to help him with that first step. From all of us at United Truck Driving School, we wish all you truck driving dads a very Happy Father’s Day!