Learn How to Safely Travel With Your Dog In The Car Using These Tips

April 27th, 2016 by

Dog In the Car

How to Safely Drive With Your Dog In the Car

The weather is getting warmer, meaning it’s time to roll your car windows down and enjoy the outside air. Many dogs love going for a spin with their nose poking out of the window, but as much fun as driving with your furry friend can be, it can also present some safety concerns. So, let’s take a look at how to safely drive with your dog in the car.

Dogs are no less susceptible to automotive dangers than people. Improperly transporting your dog can be a danger to both them and you. Following at least some of the tips down below can go a long way toward keeping your pet safe on the road.

Safe Driving Tips for Pet Owners

  1. Dog In the CarPurchase a pet restraint device: There are numerous products designed to keep your pet restrained in the car. Their effectiveness in crashes is debatable, but they should succeed in keeping your dog from distracting you while driving. If you or your pet aren’t crazy about it, however, there are safety alternatives.
  2. Use a dog crate: A dog crate is another option for keeping your dog from moving about in the vehicle. Though they aren’t designed for protecting your pet in a crash, if it’s possible, you might consider fastening the crate down in your vehicle so that it doesn’t fly about if a collision occurs.
  3. Never transport your dog in an open truck bed: If you drive a truck, you should never transport your dog in the truck bed. Open truck beds leave your dog vulnerable to roadway debris and more danger in a collision.
  4. Keep your dogs head inside the vehicle: Dogs love hanging their head out the window, but this isn’t a healthy habit. Though it probably wouldn’t hurt them to poke their nose out the window just a little, leaving them to frequently hang their head out the window could harm their respiratory system.
  5. If anything, keep them in the back seat: If you aren’t on board with restraining your pet in the car, then the best thing to do is to keep them in the back seat. This can protect them from the front-seat air bag deployment and protect you from them becoming a distraction.

It’s up to you to decide the best way to safely drive with your dog, but no matter what you do, keep a couple things in mind. First, always bring along food and water for your dog on longer trips. Second, don’t underestimate how hot or cold a vehicle can get once turned off, so avoid leaving your dog alone.

Now that you know how to safely drive with your dog, you can get out and enjoy some warm weather. Be sure to check back to the Mazda of Manchester blog for more automotive tips or check out some of our particularly dog-friendly models, like the CX-3, CX-5 or Mazda3 5-door hatchback.