Truck drivers are required to drive very long and isolated routes in order to transport goods or materials to their assigned delivery destination. Truck drivers often have to battle chronic fatigue due to the demands of the job, as a truck accident lawyer knows all too well. Chronic fatigue is a very serious and potentially dangerous condition that can cause truck accidents. Finding ways to prevent fatigue can help keep other vehicles that share the road with trucks more safe.
There is one great resource truck drivers can utilize with the permission of their company: canine companions. Dogs can provide excellent company during the grueling hours and can help alleviate homesickness. It is estimated around 40% of truck drivers take their pets along for long hauls, and is likely going to continue growing in popularity. Here we have answered questions about how to take care of a dog friend while truck drivers are on route to their target location.
How can a truck driver pet-proof their truck?
There are a few ways a truck driver can help get their truck ready and comfortable for their canine companion to join on the journey. The tips are listed as follows:
- Train the canine through positive reinforcement to avoid the clutch, steering wheel and brake.
- Create a designated spot for the canine to rest, by adding a comfy bed or blankets to the seat.
- Keep a storage box with important items so the dog is not tempted to play with or eat crucial paperwork.
- Always keep water readily available in the truck to prevent heat stroke, especially on particularly hot days.
What are a few items to remember bringing for the trip?
Keep a leash readily available and handy so the dog can be quickly leashed up during truck stops. Bring enough food, treats any medications to last the entire duration of the work trip. Purchase cleaning supplies in addition to poop bags to help clean up accidents that may occur. Do not forget to bring dog-friendly toys to keep him or her mentally stimulated while riding in the passenger seat. Buy a crate for times when a facility does not permit pets inside. The best fitting crate enables the dog to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. Pack extra heavy blankets or dog sweaters if the drive requires passing through towns with chilly temperatures and intense weather inclements. Keep a copy of up-to-date vaccinations and registration paperwork in the dashboard compartment.
What are all the benefits of bringing along a canine companion?
In addition to reducing truck driver fatigue (one of the leading causes of truck accidents), a dog can keep the driver happier and healthier by:
- Improving mood
- Reducing stress
- Boosting immune system
- Alleviating episodes of depression
- Offering company during exercises or walks
- Encouraging socializing with the public
What kind of breed is best as a companion for truck drivers?
It all depends on the dog’s personality and activity level. For dogs who need constant roaming and have high levels of energy, they may not be the most suitable. However, dogs that can fit in the passenger seat and do not require constant exercise can be a great fit as a truck driver companion.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from the Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn for their insight into truck accident law.