Everyone has heard the saying “dogs are a mans best friend”. Dogs are a constant loyal companion. They stand by your side during the day and lay by your side at night. But is this stigma true for truckers and their dogs or pets?
According to Ashley Brantley in an article written for RoadKing, the answer is yes. More than 60% of truck drivers report having pets and more than 40% report traveling with these pets. This leads to a huge amount of animals on the road. And not only dogs! There are reports of cats, snakes, birds, and lizards acting as traveling companions to drivers.
So my question is, is this safe? Across the Internet there are a huge range of shared opinions on this question. Safe vs. not safe seems to be a huge debate. People who are pro pets on the road say that pets keep drivers in good spirits. When a driver spends weeks or even months on the road it can get lonely and depressing. Having a pet there allows for companionship and a piece of home while on the road. Some even say that pets, specifically dogs, promote exercise amongst drivers because they must walk the dog and interact with it.
So what’s your vote? Are pets safe to have on the road or no?