How to travel safely with dogs or other pets in your car. 16/09/15
Thousands of people every day are unaware that they could actually breaking the law by driving their vehicles whilst accompanied by an unrestrained pet.
The Highway Code states 'When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly'.
Having an unrestrained animal in your vehicle may seem harmless enough, but there are many situations where where animals can become distressed and agitated when travelling in a vehicle. If someone is driving and their dog gets agitated and starts moving around the vehicle and barking loudly, this can distract the driver and potentially lead to a road accident.
Just as a driver without a seat belt can be seriously injured if the vehilce stops suddenly, so can an unrestrained pet.
It is recommended that large pets such as dogs have some sort of harness, travel cage or dog guard that keeps the them restricted to the rear of the vehicle.
Cats and smaller pets should be kept in travel baskets/cages or special cardboard animal carriers.
Any restraint should of course be chosen carefully to ensure the animal is as comfortable possible during the journey. Remember too that animals also need 'comfort' breaks just as we do and should never be left alone in hot vehicles for any length of time.