8 Tips for Keeping your Fur Baby Safe in the Car

Black and white dog in car with head out the window

Did you know if a car crashes going only 25 mph, any unrestrained item can be projected forward at a rate of 40 times its weight?  Do you secure your fur baby when you’re going for a car ride?  After a collision, if s/he survives, your pup is not only likely to sustain injury, but being unrestrained can cause your fur baby to injure other passengers in the car or even be ejected from the moving vehicle. 

As the weather is getting warmer walks around the neighborhood grow into bigger adventures.  How about a trip to the local dog park and maybe even a visit to the local pet store!  Just remember, even short trips aren’t safe.  The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted in the U.S., approximately 52% of collisions occur within a 5 mile radius of the home.  That number jumps to 69% when we extend the distance to 10 miles.

So, the next time you and your fur baby hop in the car, please consider the following:

  1. Never allow your fur baby to ride unrestrained in a vehicle.
  2. Just like for small kids, the back seat is much safer than the front seat.
  3. Say no thanks to tethers that connect to your pup’s collar and allow your pup to move around the back seat.
  4. Use a harness with safety restraints (instead of a collar), so any unexpected force is distributed across your pup’s chest.
  5. Looks for safety restraints that integrate with existing safety components in your car.
  6. Choose a crate that is both strong and somewhat flexible to withstand the force of a collision.
  7. Be sure to secure the carrier to the seat (with at a minimum a seat belt) to keep it from becoming a projectile.
  8. When placing crates in the cargo area, be sure to secure it against the rear seat, away from the rear door.

What do you use to safely restrain your fur baby during a car trip?

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