Keep Your Pet Safe & Secure While On the Road
According to the AAA/Kurgo Pet Passenger Safety Study, nearly 56% of people transport their dogs in their cars at least once per month.
From trips to the veterinarian’s office to day trips to a dog park or pet-friendly beach, more and more pet owners are transporting their dogs—and other pets—in their vehicles. Because of this, it’s extremely important that pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their pets remain safe while on the road.
We encourage pet owners to follow these basic safety tips when their pets are along for the ride:
- Leash your dog before opening the vehicle door. Hundreds of pets are lost or injured each year when they dart out of cars uncontrolled.
- Keep your pet’s head and paws inside the car. Do not allow pets to put their heads out the window or ride on the back of a truck.
- Do not allow pets to ride in the front seat. 30 percent of people admit to being distracted by their dog while driving, and distracted driving can cause accidents.
- Restrain your pet with a crate or vehicle pet restraint system. Pet travel safety product manufacturers like Kurgo offer pet carrier restraints or dog harnesses that can be used with a dog seat belt or zipline that goes the width of the backseat.
- Keep your pet hydrated. Many dogs pant excessively in the car, making hydration even more important.
A smart and prepared pet owner should keep at least a basic pet first aid kit in the car, as well as a gallon or two of chilled water, and a bowl. You never know when you might have car trouble and find yourself on the side of the road, so shade and water are essential for keeping your pet calm and cool. Pet owners should also remember that pets should never be left alone in a vehicle, regardless of the weather.
Have fun while traveling, stay safe, and be prepared! Your fuzzy friend will thank you!