Lets talk about car safety for dogs!
Did you know that if you are in a car accident driving only 35mph, your unrestrained 50lb dog will be projected forward with a force of 1500 pounds? That would be like having a fully grown Holstein cow dropped on your back! You spend endless hours training your dogs and thousands of dollars in preventative care to keep them healthy, but do you take the extra effort to make sure that they are safe in the car?
According to a survey by the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners drive with their pets in the car, but only 16% of them use the proper safety restraints. To make matters worse, over 80% of people admitted to being distracted by their pets while driving. We all know that distracted driving dramatically increases the risk of an accident.
Not only can the force of an accident injure both you and your dog, but the airbag can also prove deadly to your dog while sitting in the front seat, even in a kennel! Similar to a child, the back is the safest option for your dog.
Good dog owners will use a harness or kennel in the back of the car to keep their pet from becoming a projectile or getting crushed by another rider. An unrestrained dog can be hugely distracting and potentially deadly, and when you know better, you do better!
It takes less than $10 to potentially save your dog and your passenger's life in a car accident. Keep everybody safe, and pick up a doggy seatbelt before your next trip. Check out our recommendations below.