Guide to Truck Driving with a Passenger

Driving a truck for long periods of time can get lonely. Being alone on the road can be hard on a driver’s mental health. Sometimes a driver will be gone for days or weeks at a time. It’s not uncommon for drivers to not exactly know when they will be returning home. Bringing a family member or spouse along will help keep you company. Taking a passenger on the road is not as simple as it seems. There are certain rules drivers have to follow. If brining a passenger in your commercial vehicle interests you, check out our guide to truck driving with a passenger.


Semi-Truck Passenger Rules and Regulations

There are several factors to consider before bringing a passenger on the road with you. Certain insurance and trucking companies do not allow drivers to have an extra passenger with them in their truck. Before you consider bringing someone with you, check with your trucking company and insurance provider to see if it is an option. Ask if there are specific requirements or restrictions for bringing a passenger.

Some trucking companies do not allow passengers due to insurance reasons. However, if you own your own trucking company, you would only have to check with your trucking insurance provider.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has certain laws in place for passengers that every trucking company and driver must abide by. As the driver, you will need written authorization from your trucking company stating you can have a passenger. In addition, drivers will need insurance that covers the passenger. Lastly, truck drivers will have to take into consideration their trucking company’s passenger policy. Each company will have their own set of rules.


Rules and Regulations for Children

You might have noticed children riding along with their mom or dad in a semi truck. If you are considering bringing a child on the road, there are a few things to take into consideration.

There is no age limit in the DOT rules for passengers that ride in a commercial vehicle. However, some companies have age restrictions for the passenger traveling in the truck. These restrictions are often due to insurance.

Taking your child with you on the road can be dangerous. If your company or insurance allows you to bring your child, you may have to sign a waiver that releases the company of any legal responsibility.


Additional information that may be required for a truck passenger:

  • Drivers license or some form of identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Health insurance information
  • Indemnification agreement

We have partnered with Trinity Insurance Services, who offers passenger accident coverage through HSR. If you are considering bringing a passenger with you on the road, click on this link to enroll for coverage today!

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