Pets

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Matt C.'s Comment
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What do you yall have for a pet? And how do they alter your day? What if you didn't have one on the road with you? And would you chose to bring a pet with you, if you had it to do over? And if you would, what would you advice others to be aware or concerned of?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I have a cat. he was 10 when i brought him OTR and people said he would get sick and not adjust cause he was old. they were wrong. he hates getting off the truck now.

he learned not to get by my feet when moving, although he does sit by my seat. he waits until i park to ask for food or to jump on the dash. the biggest problem with a cat is needing the room for the litter box, food, bowls etc. i took a door off a cabinet and pushed his box in there. wooden "Feline Fresh" brand litter is made of pine. it looks like bits of chopsticks and it turns to sawdust then you throw it out. the pine obsorbs all odors and there is no dust all over the truck like with other litters. also, i found it gave me much better traction when i needed it for tires in the winter.

i thought about having a dog on the road, but i would find that difficult. long waits at customers (reefer) could be problematic as well as the dog needing walking when im sleeping. i buy fancy feast cans which are small and easy to store. i used to get dry purina one, and that took up a lot of room.

of course, im a woman so i have like 5 pairs of sheets, 2 mos of clothes, 5 pillows and all sorts of girlie stuff which takes up room.

training is not allowed with pets either. and the more room the pets take, the less room for another human whether it be a team mate or spouse etc.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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There's a truck parked next to me tonight at a truck stop near Alsip, IL. When they parked earlier, driver gets out, followed by one....two....three....four miniature Dachshunds! Never seen so many together at once, let alone that many in a rig.smile.gif

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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