Benefits of Traveling Over the Road with Your Pet
Traveling over the road for days at a time is made 10X better with a traveling companion. At Cox Transporation, we encourage our professional drivers to bring their pets on the road to benefit their overall health and well-being, as well as contribute to their ensured safety.
Physical, Mental & Emotional Health Benefits:
The National Institute of Health has studied the health benefits of human-animal interactions, confirming in 2018 that “Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure. Other studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood.”
Bringing your furry friend on the road can also reduce hypertension, lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides, improve heart health, and reduce the risk of stroke. The ability to share a road trip with one’s companion also decreases if not eliminates feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Encourages Exercise & Routine Breaks:
Encouraging drivers to stop along the way for routine breaks and exercise is another benefit that contributes to the physical and mental health of those traveling across America. Traveling with a pet holds drivers accountable for prioritizing frequent bathroom and walking breaks for their furry companions, and then also for themselves. This can reduce the ability for fatigue to take over and promotes a healthy lifestyle on the job.
Connection & Protection:
Companionship and socialization become easier to attain when traveling with a pet, connecting our drivers with the community through the shared value of being a pet owner. Especially when drivers look into entertaining the idea of sightseeing and enjoying outdoor activities along their cross-country route(s), having a furry comrade keeps them safe and protects them from potential threats of danger.
We know that being a professional driver and traveling across our great nation can take a toll on the body and mind. Encouraging our drivers to bring their pets on the road with them is just one way we prioritize and respect the health and well-being of our family.