Safety Tips for Driving with Dogs

file000267016039Whether you need to drive your dog down the road to visit the vet or across the country on a road trip, traveling with a canine in your vehicle can be very distracting. In this post, we’ll explore ways to make traveling with your pet safer for both of you as well as your passengers and everyone else on the road.

  • Do not allow your dog to sit in your lap while you’re driving.
  • Avoid playing with or petting your dog while driving.
  • Do not provide food or treats for your dog while the vehicle is in motion.

Fido Needs a Seat Belt Too

Restrain your dog while driving, even if you’re just making a quick trip to the park. You can find pet car seats or simply use a crate. If you use a crate, be sure that it is strapped down to prevent sliding. By restraining your dog, you can reduce potential distractions from your pet, keep your furry family member safe in the event of a car accident, and prevent your dog from moving around the vehicle while you are driving.

When purchasing a crate for travel, look for a durable model with handles and a leak-proof bottom. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation from different directions.

Plan Ahead

If you’re planning to go on a longer road trip, take your dog to the vet for a checkup before hitting the road. Be sure to pack a supply of your pet’s regular food as well as plenty of water. You can prevent car sickness by having your dog travel on an empty stomach, but be sure to keep your pet well hydrated. Plan to stop frequently to let your pet move around and take bathroom breaks. Do not leave your dog alone in a closed vehicle, especially in hot weather.

If you or a loved one has been injured while driving, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.