Cars are designed to keep their human occupants safe during a crash. Dog owners should take extra precautions to ensure their dog’s safety while they drive and in the event of an emergency.
In the event of a crash, you want to make sure your dog is as safe as possible. Consider choosing from a variety of options to keep your dog safe:
Loose pets can be a distraction to drivers and could result in an accident. Consider using one of the many ways to keep your dog safe and out of your way explained above.
Leaving your dog in the car during extreme weather can be detrimental to their health. Cars are temperature conductors, so they can get hot and cold very easily depending on the outdoor temperature. Keeping your dog in a hot car can lead to heat exhaustion, and they can get hypothermia in the extreme cold. A general rule of thumb is to leave your dog alone in the car only for a maximum of five minutes when the temperature is above freezing and below 70 degrees.
Especially for longer road trips, it’s important to take your dog’s needs into account. They might need to stop to relieve themselves more often than you do, so you should budget that into your trip.
While your dog might love to feel the breeze in their fur, allowing them to stick their head out the window could pose a threat to their health. Make sure the window is not down far enough where they could jump out on their own.