Driving With Your Best Furry Friend
It’s hard to leave your best friend at home. However, driving with a four-legged, wide-eyed, cuddly ball of love can quickly become dangerous for both of you. If you’re heading out with your dog in tow, be safe and responsible so you don’t cause an accident that could be costly for you and your dog.
The world is becoming much more pet-friendly. In Alaska, the courts are now treating dogs like children in divorce cases. Every day is “bring your dog to work day” in some modern workplaces. Many pet owners are buying health insurance for their best buddy. So, with our dog always by our side, that means they also get to travel with us in the car. Just like driving with children, there are safety precautions that should be in place.
No hanging their head out the window
Many times, you need to ask yourself “would I let my kid to that?” For instance, would you let your kid sit up on the seat and hang their entire head out the window? No. No, you wouldn’t. Driving with their head out the window is dangerous for a couple of reasons.
- If you’re driving fast, the heavy airflow could be damaging to your pet’s respiratory system.
- Rocks, dirt, trash, and debris could hit your pet and hurt them.
- They could lean out too far and get sucked out!
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a window open for your dog, but just make sure they are properly strapped in.
Everyone, even your dog, should be wearing a seatbelt, or a harness, that can keep the dog strapped in place. A dog that is mobile can be a dangerous distraction. Trying to jump into your lap may be a sign of love, but it’s not a good idea when you are trying to concentrate on driving.
Airbags are dangerous for dogs
Everyone loves sitting in the front passenger seat, but if you have airbags, it’s best to keep your dog in the backseat or in the baggage area of an SUV. Just like with small children, an airbag can be dangerous to your dog.