If you are like most animal lovers, you have probably had a time where you wanted your furry friend to take a car ride with you. Maybe to the dog park or just to get a coffee for the day- whatever the occasion, it is important to make sure your doggy travels safely. Perhaps you have a calm riding lap dog or you have a wild back seat partner- either way, we are here to share some important tips for driving safely with your doggy pal.
Seatbelts and/or Harnesses
For pet owners that travel with their dogs frequently, it is a good idea to invest in a crash-tested seat belt or harness. Find one that can attach to your vehicle’s seat belt system or the cargo tie downs. In the event of a wreck, using a restraint of some sort could save both your life and your dog’s. This can not only prevent your dog from hitting the windshield, but it can also keep them out of your way in the event that you need to maneuver the wheel during a potential accident. Securely fastening your pup using an unbreakable restraint is essential in safe car riding.
Front Seat Riders
If you have a dog that insists upon riding in your lap or on the passenger seat, make sure you assess your airbag situation. Most vehicles have airbags in the steering wheel compartment as well as above the glove compartment on the passenger’s side. If you have a front seat furry rider, front airbags can be a real hazard. Depending on the year of your vehicle, you may have the option to turn airbags on or off. When in doubt, consider moving your pet to the back seat. This is the safest option for everyone!
The safest place for your dog is always the backseat. If you have a smaller dog, consider using a folded seat to raise its level or a booster seat. The center of the backseat is the safest place for your pup in the event of a collision. If you have a doggy that insist upon climbing upfront, you may want to install a barrier or some sort of blockade that keeps them safely in the back. This safety feature will ensure their safety and keep them from distracting you while driving.
Doggy Booster Seats
Believe it or not, there are even doggy booster seats! They come in a variety of styles and can really help out when it comes to ensuring your dog’s safety while riding in the car. You can check out some dog car seat options here! Once they are installed, taking a car ride will be easy and safe.
Final Safety Tips
One of the most common pet injuries that veterinarians see is foreign objects in the eye! As much as our doggies love hanging out of the window, consider keeping the windows rolled or at least cracked to prevent eye injuries. (We know this is super difficult for fresh air loving doggies!) Also, pay attention to whatever loose items are in your vehicle. Anything that seems heavy enough to cause damage to your pup should be tied down or secured in the back or floor area.
With these few tips, you can guarantee a safe and enjoyable ride with your doggy.