Safety guidelines for driving with your dog
For a lot of people, dogs can be an important part of our lives. They’re a member of the family, our best friends, and some of our favorite loved ones. Because they’re such a big part of our lives, it only makes sense that they may be in the car with us too. Your friends here at Serra Toyota want to make sure that you and your loved ones are always safe on the road, so we put together this post about safety guidelines for driving with your dog.
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Tips for keeping your pup safe in the car
A lot of these are no-brainers, but they’re always worth restating. Remember, whether it’s your phone or your dog, anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road is a potential distraction. As such, make sure to keep your dog well away from the driver’s seat. You’ll have plenty of time to focus on your dog once you arrive at your destination safely.
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- Never allow your pet to sit in your lap while driving. This is a major distraction, and an unsecured pet is very unsafe in the event of an accident.
- Properly restrain or crate your dog.
- Make sure windows are not low enough for your dog to easily jump from.
- Never transport a dog in the bed of a pickup. The open setup leaves them unrestrained and vulnerable to jumping/falling out.
- Do not leave your dog unattended in your vehicle. Cars heat up extremely fast, even with cracked windows.
- Train your dog on car manners. The earlier you associate the car with certain behaviors, the better and easier it will be to transport your dog.
- Consider investing in a pet seat belt. These help secure your pet inside the vehicle, and can be relatively inexpensive.
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