Staying Safe While Driving With Your Furry Loved Ones

German Shepherd Dog Sticking Head Out Driving Car WindowSafe Driving Tips for Pet Owners

For many dog owners, your canine is a member of the family and is treated as such. It is quite common to enjoy taking your dog in the car but over 80% of people do not buckle up or use a doggy seat belt for their canine in the car. To ensure the safety of your beloved dog and yourself as well, make sure to buckle your dog or use a doggy seat belt so you can avoid these 5 dangers of driving with pets.

#1: If you are driving at a speed of 35 mph with an adult Cocker Spaniel not properly buckled and you crash, your Cocker Spaniel can be propelled forward with the force of one-and-a-half charging horses. This can be extremely dangerous for the person driving, and your canine as well.

#2: Statistics from AAA show that “driver distraction” is responsible for a large number of driving fatalities each year and that over 31% of drivers have admitted that having a pet in the car is a distraction. Avoid this dangerous statistic by making sure that you are 100% focused while on the road.

#3: Airbags are intended to protect human passengers in the event of the a crash, but these safety devices can be dangerous to your canine. If your dog is in your lap when the airbag deploys, it can critically injure your dog.

#4: If a dog is in the car during an accident, it may be scared or spooked and not know how to react. It could potentially jump out of the car and then put itself in danger by running into an opposing lane or oncoming traffic.

#5: Not only is having a dog in your lap in the front seat unsafe, but it can also lead to trouble with the law or potential fines. Hawaii is the first state to have outlawed dogs sitting on laps in the front seat.

In order to ensure the safety of your pet and yourself, make sure that you invest in a dog seat belt that safely secures them in the back seat.

In addition to following these safety tips, contact the insurance professionals at Desert Empire Insurance in Palm Desert, California to properly protect your beloved canine and yourself.