Taking your pet along for the ride when you go on a road trip can be a fun and memorable experience for both you and your pet. You can share new sights, sounds, and smells together and enjoy everything that life has to offer. However, your road trip can easily turn into a disaster if your pet were to ever be injured in an accident, become lost, or stolen.
Here are 7 things you can do to keep your pet safe in your car (while still having a great road trip)!
Make Them Sit Tight – Dogs and cats shouldn’t be allowed to roam in the car while it’s in motion. The safest way to travel with your pet in a crate that has been anchored to your vehicle by a seatbelt or some other secure means. While dog restraints and seat belts can be useful in making your pet stay where they are, they aren’t the best in protecting pets if a crash were to occur. When in doubt, choose a secured crate.
Keep Cats Safe – Cats aren’t usually comfortable with traveling in cars as it is. In the interest of both their safety and yours, keep them in a carrier. Be sure to restrain the carrier so that it won’t bounce around and injure your cat! You can do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.
Humans in the Front, Animals in the Back – You might want to keep your pet up front with you, but it’s in your best interest (and theirs) to keep them in the back seat of your car. If an airbag were to deploy while your pet is in the passenger seat with you, it could seriously injure him, even if he’s in a crate. Keep the rule “humans up front, animals in the back” in your mind when you take a road trip with your furry friends.
Keep Their Heads Inside – You’ve probably passed by several cars with a dog gleefully sticking his head out, ears flapping in the wind. Even though your dog might enjoy the sensation of the wind in their fur, it’s incredibly dangerous. They can easily be injured by particles or debris or even made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Be sure to keep your pet inside the vehicle at all times, and never transport them in the back of an open pickup truck as well.
Bring Along a Human Pal – Whenever it’s possible, try to get someone to go along with you and your pet on your road trip. It’s not only more fun with someone else, but you can share driving and pet caretaking responsibilities with each other. You’ll also be able to make pit stops with the peace of mind in knowing that someone you trust is watching over your pet.
Give Your Pet Plenty of Rest Stops – Your pets should be allowed to stop every few hours to stretch their limbs and relieve themselves. Just make sure that they never ever leave your vehicle without having a leash, collar, and ID tag on them!
Never Leave Your Pet Alone – Pets should never be left alone in the car for two major reasons – temperatures and thievery. Even though you might be gone for a very short time, your car can heat up very quickly in the warmer months and plummet in temperature in no time during the winter. Also, by leaving your pet in the car, you are sending an unspoken invitation to those who might wish to steal your pet or your car.
Before you saddle up your pet for your next road trip. make sure that your car insurance is up-to-date and exactly what you need. Just come in to Madison Mutual or call us at 1-800-766-MMIC to get started today. Happy trails!