Pet Travel

5 Risks when driving with a dog

August 18, 2011

Driving with your pets

While it is important to ensure that your pet is comfortable with long drives, it is equally important to take adequate measures to ensure safety while driving with pets. Proper safety measures in place can ensure aversion of most mishaps. We have put together some common risks you might face while enjoying a road trip with your dog. Read on and adopt suitable measures to prevent mishaps.

1. Jumpers

Dogs love hanging out from the car window and looking around. They enjoy the fresh air. It is possible that dogs jump out from the open window of the running car. These jumps can get some mild injuries or fractures or even get killed if they jump out of the car in the traffic.

2. Eye and Air Injuries

When dogs hang out their head from the car window, there are chances of getting injured due to flying objects that hit their eyes or head. When objects hit their eyes, it can reason severe injuries and corneal ulcers.

3. Airbags

While traveling in the car, remember that your pet dog can get severely injured by the airbag deployment. It is better to place the dog seats on the back seat. Never drive with the pet sitting on your lap, it can divert your attention and can lead to severe accidents.

4. Distraction

It is possible that your pet dog would distract you while driving. The excited dogs can jump on their owner’s lap or just move the passenger’s window to the driver’s window. This distraction can cause an accident. When you turn around to look at your pet, the car can go wham.

5. Foot pedal problems

Dogs (and even cats) love going down on the floor, and relax under your seat, mostly near the foot pedals. Due to this, you cannot reach the foot pedal easily, which can cause an accident.

Pets riding in a vehicle are definitely cute until an accident takes place. Hardly 20 percent of dog owners use harness or seat belts for restraining their dog while driving a car. It is always recommended that all pets should be restrained during car rides, and mostly in the back seat. In addition, the car windows should be kept open to a point where they can breathe fresh air but do not get their head out the window. This would prevent eye injuries and risk of jumping. So, next time you are driving with your pet, drive safely.

You Might Also Like