Pets are a big part of many families. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 43 million households own a dog. That means, as the holidays approach, many dogs will be going on road trips. Depending on where you travel, allowing your dog to sit on your lap while driving may be illegal. Some states consider this a form of distracted driving and require pets to be in proper car restraints.
While you and your family may enjoy Fido moving around the cabin, showing their affection and excitement, this can be very dangerous. A sudden stop or accident with another vehicle can send them flying. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety, a driver should be at least 10 inches away from the center of an airbag to help prevent injury from the airbag itself. If your pet is on your lap, it’s likely you’ll both be injured.
Before you head out on holiday travel, consider these different options for restraining your dog, as well as additional safety tips.
- Use an adequate-sized crate or carrier. If you have a van or SUV a pet crate or carrier is a nice option. Your pet and the carrier can be loaded through the tailgate. In addition, the carrier will sit on a relatively flat surface and it can be secured. Make sure your carrier is the right size to allow your pet to stand, sit, turn around, and lie down.
- Consider other options. If a pet carrier won’t fit in your vehicle, consider these other options to restrain your pet. The restraint that will work best for you depends on the size of your dog.
- Sleepypod Clickit Utility
- Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock
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