When me and my family head on road trips – especially vacation, we love bringing our dogs with us. After all, they deserve some fresh mountain air and lots of space to run around in. While I was at the Legacy Jeep Dealership, they told me that many dog and pet owners use the latch system found in cars to help secure their pets while on the road. I found this idea ingenious and have implemented it myself. To stay on this topic of pets and trips, I want to discuss Pet Safety While On the Road in depth with you.
1. Consider Pet Safety Restraints.
Pet safety restraints serve multiple preventive purposes. First, unrestrained pets can be seriously injured in an auto accident. Second, they can become a dangerous flying projectile during an accident, causing physical harm to other passengers in the vehicle. Third, pets that move about in a moving vehicle can be a distraction.
There are several styles of safety restraints available for purchase at pet specialty stores and online. There is no “best” form of restraint. Instead, you should consider the safest restraint available for your pet’s weight and size and vehicle.
2. Never leave your pet in the car unattended.
If you won’t do it to your child, then you shouldn’t do it to your pet! Even on a mild, seventy-eight degree, the daytime temperature inside of a parked car can exceed triple digits within minutes. While it may feel like the temperature is safe enough – leaving your pet alone in a hot car can cause serious illness or even death. Not to mention that in some states, cities, or counties, it is illegal to leave your pet unattended. I also want to mention that this shouldn’t be done on a cold Winter day either.
3. Take Breaks Often
Your pet needs to get out of the vehicle, stretch their legs, walk about, and drink water as often as you do. Every time you take a break in your travels, your pet needs to be removed from your vehicle for a break too.
4. No Petting While Driving.
Don’t allow your pet to ride in your lap or arms while you are operating a vehicle. Unrestrained pets can create huge distractions regardless of their location in the vehicle, but riding in your lap or in your arms is an even higher form of distraction for you as a driver.
I hope these tips help you in making the right decisions for when you’re traveling with your precious pets.