Think about how many times you’ve been driving with your dog or cat in the car and they distracted you, even if just for a moment. Now, imagine if everyone on the road experienced that at the same time, just how dangerous of an equation it would become. January 2 was Pet Travel Safety Day and, despite being late, we definitely think it’s worth bringing awareness to a danger humans often underestimate: pets in the car. Not only can they be a major distraction, but they can also become dangerous projectiles in the event of a shortstop or accident – both of which can be prevented with a little consideration.
The best (well, only) way to prevent injury and avoid doggie distractions is to use some kind of restraint, be it a travel harness, crate, booster seat, or travel hammock (which blocks the path to the ever-desired front seat and provides a barrier so your pet doesn’t fall on the floor in the event of an unexpected stop.) For longer trips, be sure to have anything your pet may need to be comfortable: water, food, medicines, a leash, treats, or their anxiety wrap (because a nervous pet can widen the margin of distraction.) Of course, when flying, always oblige by the airline’s respective safety regulations and requirements.
Another great way to honor Pet Travel Safety Day is to talk with your pet-loving friends about the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of pet restraints in the car. Safe travels!
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