According to Road King, of the 60 percent of truck drivers who have pets, more than 40 percent of them bring their pets on the road. While local or short-haul jobs don't provide ideal conditions for pets, long-distance driving jobs are a better match for pet owners. Furry friends can make ideal companions for the lonely drives, but the trucking company must allow it.
The majority of trucking companies have a policy when it comes to pets coming along on the drives. The pet policy is generally listed under "Riders and Pets." If a company does allow 4-legged friends to tag along, there may be size or breed restrictions. For example, Con-Way Truckload allows drivers to bring one small cat or dog. Prime Inc's pet policy states that you can drive with a pet 30 pounds or less with a refundable pet deposit.
If a company does allow pets, you'll likely need to pay a deposit to cover any potential damage the pet may cause. Deposits range, depending on the company. Knight Transportation requires a $400 security deposit, with $200 of it refundable. Arnold Transportation charges a $400 non-refundable pet deposit.
Companies may have a different pay scale for drivers who travel with furry companions. Although Con-Way Truckload doesn't charge a pet deposit, drivers who take their pets lose one cent per mile. If you aren't sure about the specific pay for drivers with pets, contact the company directly for more information. Trucking companies may pay on a sliding scale, which varies according to the number of miles you will be driving. Other companies opt to pay a flat-rate per mile.
Stops and Lodging
Truck stops also have pet policies. Although the majority of truck stops are pet-friendly, there are restrictions on where you can and can't take your pet. The Iowa 80 truck stop has a designated pet area featuring a dog-washing facility. You'll also want to consider lodging for your pet if necessary. Hotels and motels that allow pets will usually charge a pet fee or deposit.
Prepping Your Pet and Truck
Before taking your pet on the road, you'll want to ensure that your truck is pet-proofed for travel. Keep any hazardous items out of the animal's reach. Secure any electronics or items you don't want the pet getting into while you're driving. You'll also want to prepare for frequent bathroom stops. Pay close attention to your pet's signs and signals while on the road. Keep your pet on a leash whenever you are outside of the truck or at a truck stop. Since pets become familiar with the loud, noisy sound of the truck, they are less likely to run from or avoid other trucks. You'll also want to keep fresh water, food and toys in the truck to help keep your pet entertained and content.
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