Driving with pets: 4 safety tips you need to consider
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A pet is an element that can cause severe distractions on the road. You have a responsibility to be alert and have the necessary equipment to drive safely with your pet in the vehicle.
Many states have specific laws about driving with pets in the car. It is every driver’s responsibility to research these rules before getting behind the wheel.
In this article we will give you a couple of general recommendations that apply in most regions of the country. Buckle up and pay close attention.
1. Keeping your pet under control
We’ve all seen the dog sticking his head out of the window of the vehicle catching the breeze. This can be fun, but it is very risky and also a clear invitation for a prosecutor to stop your vehicle.
If possible, you should have a pet carrier in the car, i.e., a kenner, and position it in such a way as to ensure that the pet is restrained in the car.
2. Checking the pet during the trip
Whether you have a pet carrier in the car or not, you should constantly check on your pet during the ride.
This ensures that the pet is not posing a risk to you, your passengers or itself, and that you can have a safe trip on the road.
3. Long trips
As you may know, when an animal travels by plane, in the cargo area, they are given a medication that makes them drowsy all the way so they don’t get stressed.
If you plan to take a long road trip and with animals in the car, it would be a good idea if you could purchase these medications to save yourself headaches.
This recommendation is mainly for long trips. However, if you must travel with an anxious dog, it is also recommended, for everyone’s safety.
4. Attention to the road
We know this may seem very obvious, but as we mentioned at the beginning, a pet is an excessively distracting element. If possible, leave a passenger in charge of holding the pet, and it would be preferable to place it right behind the driver.
This way the driver loses visual contact with the distracting element and can concentrate better on the road.
These are just a few safety tips to follow when it comes to driving with pets in the car. Remember to spend time getting your pet used to the car before driving.
This will help you reduce the chances of an accident and make it easier for you to have to drive with pets.
Following the safety rules for pet drivers will ensure that you and your passengers always drive safely.
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