Distractions of different kinds, including traveling with pets, can easily lead to road accidents. On the other hand, for many of us a trip is no fun if we can’t bring our four-legged buddies along. So, to keep you and your family safe, here are four of our favorite tips for driving with pets in the car.
- Keep your pet safe in a well-ventilated carrier or crate.
Be sure it’s large enough for them to be comfortable on the road. It may be necessary to get them used to it at home before you leave. Make sure it’s firmly secured in the car so it won’t shift or slide in case of a sudden stop.
- Keep pets in the back seat.
f your buddy’s riding shotgun, a deployed airbag can inflict serious injury. Potential distractions are minimized if they’re behind rather than beside you.
- Don’t leave them alone in a parked vehicle.
Cars on a balmy, 70-degree day can easily become a furnace, even with windows cracked, leading your animal to suffer a heat stroke. In winter, your car can become a refrigerator and in some cases freeze them to death.
- Keep all their body parts inside the car.
It may seem like fun to let your dog hang his head out of the window, but flying debris can easily inflict injuries. Ingesting cold air can also make your pet sick.
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