Summer road trips are an Australian tradition, and for many, that means bringing along furry family members. While it’s tempting to let your pet roam free in the car, this poses serious safety risks. In this blog series, we’ll explore how to keep your pets safe and secure during summer travels.
How Is An Unrestrained Dog A Safety Hazard?
Some pets can get excited while in the car and may jump around the vehicle, going from the back seat to the front. The RSPCA recommends having your pet correctly restrained while your vehicle is in motion. A pet restraint is a lead that attaches to your pet’s collar or harness and is then attached to an anchor point in the back seat of your vehicle. This will keep your pet from being able to run around or jump into the front seat while you are driving.
If your pet is unable to use a restraint harness, a pet transport crate may be the solution. A pet transport crate is a large crate specially designed for the transportation of pets. A transport crate will need to be properly secured to your vehicle per manufacturer guidelines. It is required that the pet transport crate is big enough for your pet to be able to stand up in.
A pet cargo barrier is a good solution for you if you do not want to restrain your pet in a harness or to have them in a transport crate. A cargo barrier is a specially designed wall between the driver and the back seat or boot of your vehicle. There are specially designed pet cargo barriers that you can purchase. This will help keep your pet in one secure place, and maximise safety while driving.
When driving on the road, it is imperative that your full concentration is on the road ahead, ensuring situational awareness at all times. When driving with your pet it is highly advisable to employ one of these safety precautions to ensure the overall safety and well-being of the vehicle and other road users.