According to Distraction.gov, at least 18% of injury car accidents in the US in 2010 were caused by the driver being distracted. Driving while talking or texting on a cell phone is probably one of the biggest driver distractions today. But cell phones are not the only types of driver distractions. Other distractions include playing with the radio or GPS, eating, grooming, or even kids and pets.
If I were Miss Daisy, my Labrador Maya would definitely drive me crazy. You can see how excited she is about riding in the car in this video. Imagine how much worse she would be if she could move around more. But Maya can’t bother me in the car because she is wearing a pet car harness. Yes, she can still whine, but she can’t try to jump in the front seat.
If your dog drives you crazy in the car, consider both your and his safety by keeping him restrained. You can use a pet car harness like Maya or keep him in a crate that is secured with kennel straps. You can also use devices like a pet net or other type of vehicle barrier. There are several pet travel products to choose from. Find one that is right for you and your dog.
Remember, stay safe and don’t let your dog drive you crazy in the car. Don’t talk or text on your cell phone either. It is not just your life at stake. It is your pet’s, other passengers in the car with you, and other people on the road. Does your dog drive you crazy in the car? If so, what have you done or what would you like to do to help him?
Visit ASPCA.org for some great pet car travel tips. They advise several safety features for your dog including securing them in a well-ventilated pet carrier, not letting your dog stick his head out the window, and not leaving your dog unattended in the car. These are lots of great tips for pet car travel, many of which we have also stressed. Two differences:
1) The pet carrier should be secured in the car. Kennel straps from Pet Buckle are a great way to do this. The kennel straps from Pet Buckle have been crash tested.
2) If your dog doesn’t like to ride in a pet carrier, have him wear a dog car harness or ride in a pet car seat. A dog car harness or pet car seat can provide as much safety for your dog as a pet carrier that has been secured in the car.
Visit the ASPCA.org for great pet car travel tips and other great advise on pet care. Feel free to make a donation to help this non-profit organization fight animal cruelty.
At the Tails on the Trail pet event this November, we met a woman who had recently been involved in a car accident. Both she and her dog were in the car. But thankfully, both were okay.
Her car was hit by another car, forced into a spin, then collided with another car. This obviously was traumatizing for both her and the dog. And it could have been more traumatizing for the dog if he had not been in his crate. With the spinning and the impacts, the dog was tossed around a bit, but because he was in his crate, he had nothing more than a few bruises. What would have happened if he hadn’t been in the crate? He would have been thrown back and forth across the back seat of the car and possibly tossed onto the floor or into the front seat. Any of these things could have caused the dog to break limbs, internal injuries, or could have even caused his death.
We applauded this dog owner for considering her dog’s safety. And when she told us this story, she also asked us if a dog car harness would have been safer. Our answer – Yes, the dog car harness could have been safer than an unsecured crate. But if the crate is made secure with kennel straps, then this method can be just as safe as a dog car harness. A dog who doesn’t like wearing the dog car harness might do better in a crate secured in the car with kennel straps.
You see people traveling with a dog, but you probably don’t see people traveling with their cat. Cats just don’t get to go to as many places as dogs. The dog park or any park probably isn’t the best place to take your cat. It would probably be scary for your cat to take him to the pet store. And he probably wouldn’t ride well in the car anyway.
But there are times when a cat needs to travel in the car – like when going to the vet. Or perhaps when you need to move and you don’t want to leave your cat behind. But a cat left unrestrained can be more dangerous than a dog. Cats are curious. And they may want to investigate every part of the car, including under your feet where the brake and accelerator is.
So how can you keep your cat restrained in the car? He probably won’t tolerate a dog seat belt. And most dog seat belt harnesses won’t fit anyway. But there is hope. Consider a crate or enclosed pet car seat. A crate can be strapped in with the Kennel Straps Car Restraint System for additional safety. A pet car seat, like the Roll-Around Pet Carrier, can also be strapped in for safety.
If your cat is not used to a crate, it may be a bit stressful for him. But it would be much safer for both him and you. If you need to travel a long distance with your cat try practicing at home first. Put him in a good-sized create for a few minutes several times a day, then increase the time as your cat becomes more comfortable. Put his toys and favorite treats or food in there with him. The sooner you start practicing at home, the sooner you can take your cat on trips with greater ease.
Pet Auto Safety.com was recently featured in an article by www.CessnaOwner.org. Cessna Owner is a magazine for owners of private airplanes. When asked if our dog seat belts would work in an airplane, we said, “Yes”. As long as the airline seats have seat belt harnesses for people, then our Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness will work. Our Kennel straps will work in a private airplane as well. And some of our pet car seats will work in a private airplane if the seats are bucket seats. You can check out Cessna Owner at www.CessnaOwner.org. Unfortunately, the article about pet airline safety is not available online. But you can purchase the July 2010 issue to read the informative article.
Sorry, we don’t have parachutes for dogs.
If your dog rides in a kennel or crate when they are in the car, your dog is much safer than a dog riding in the car without any safety restraints. But to make your dog as safe as a dog wearing a safety restraint such as a dog seat belt, try kennel straps restraint system. The kennel straps restraint system keep your dog’s kennel, carrier,or crate strapped safely in the car so that it does not slide off the seat in a sudden turn, stop, or collision. The kennel straps restraint system is made from the same seat belt quality webbing as the seat belts of your car. This kennel straps restraint system is made by the same company, Pet Buckle®, which crash tests their pet travel products.