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Pet Safety on the Road

Your pets are a big part of your family and life.  They are fun to bring with you on road trips and even on everyday errands.  However, having your pet in your vehicle could mean added distractions for you and possible danger for you and your pet.

According to a survey sponsored by AAA and Kurgo Pet Products, 65 percent have participated in at least one distracting behavior while driving with their dog:

More than half (52 percent) have pet their dog while driving
17 percent allowed their dog to sit in their lap
13 percent of drivers admitted to include giving food or treats to their dog
4 percent acknowledged playing with their dog

The use of a pet restraint system can help in limiting distractions and help protect you and your pet:

  • Restraint systems that limit a pet’s ability to distract the driver, restrict pet movement in the crash, and mitigate crash forces, such as those utilizing seat belts, are best to use.
  • A car’s airbags can prove deadly to a pet. Restraining a pet in the back seat is safest for pets.
  • Padded harnesses with sturdy connectors and straps are available to connect to a vehicle’s seat-belt or LATCH system. Both hard- and soft-sided crates can be used in vehicles, but should always be strapped down. Pet car seats or basket-style holders can be used with smaller dogs.
  • A wide variety of barrier systems are available to fit various makes and models of vehicles. These can be helpful in reducing doggie distractions, but do not offer protection during a crash.


We recommend that you restrain your pet in your vehicle to avoid distractions and to protect you and your pet if an accident were to happen.  So when you travel with your dog, just as you put on your seat belt when you hit the road, be sure you do the same for your companion.

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