\nIt’s lonely on the road. It can be quite lonely when you are on the road for days or even weeks at a time. This is one reason why many truckers choose to get a co-pilot, not of the human variety. \nA truck pet or comfort pet is becoming a big thing. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan on bringing Mittens or Fido with you on your road trips. Big Truck Hoods, your source for semi truck hoods, offers these tips for trucking with pets.\n\n\nPet-Proof Your Truck\nDogs and cats are drawn to the space between your feet. It could be because they are secure being near you or because the floor of your rig is warm and dark. Either way, it is dangerous to have your pet hanging out at your feet while you are driving. And while you might succeed at teaching Fido not to go there, your cat isn't going to comply with anything you say. Because of this, you need to create a barrier between you and the pedals. It is important that pets stay away from the brakes, clutch and gas pedal. \n\nKeep Your Pet Safe And Comfortable\nYou wouldn't bring your child along on a road trip without ensuring they were safe and comfortable; so the same should hold true with your pet. An unsecured pet is an injured pet should you have to slam your brakes. There are several options to keep your pet both safe and secure while driving down the road. You could opt for a closed-off kennel or a harness that attaches to the seat belt. Do some research to see other options.\n\nFrequent Breaks\nPets are a lot like children; they will enjoy frequent stops to stretch their legs and go potty. It is important that you stop at regular intervals to take your dog for a walk and perhaps a little play time. Don’t forget to bring along plenty of bags to pick up Fido’s messes. \n\nFood And Water\nIt is extremely important that you have enough food and water for your pet while you are on the road. You can’t be buying junk food from truck stops for your pet either. Bring plenty of quality food from your pet store and bottled water for your pet to enjoy.\n\nChoose The Right Pet\nAs much as you would love to bring a boxer or bulldog with you on your road trips, this might not be the best idea. When it comes to life on the road, smaller or older dogs will do much better as they are quite content just sitting around for long periods of time. A dog that is very active will not make a good companion. As for cats, if the cat hates being in the cab and only wishes to hide under the seat, you might want to find a different co-pilot. If your rig isn’t looking as sharp as it once did, a new hood or bumper could help. Visit Big Truck Hoods and get a great deal on a truck hood or bumper.