I’ve written about the importance of pet safety in cars in the past because it’s an issue I feel very passionately about. My own adopted dog of nearly three years had a car seat belt in her size before I even brought her home.
After reading a very well-written and in-depth article on Mother Nature Network, I became inspired to post a reminder to all pet owners. While I won’t go into as much detail as they did, I will highlight the key points and encourage you to check out their article.
- The article says, “According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), diversions that last more than 2 seconds increase your risk of crashing.”
- Driving with a dog in your lap is like driving with a bag of groceries in your lap and hinders your ability to control the steering wheel effectively.
- On top of that, if your airbag deploys, your precious pet not only gets smashed between you and the bag, but also prevents the airbag of doing its job.
- “Traveling at just 30 miles per hour, an unrestrained 10-pound dog will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure in an accident, according to Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, traffic safety programs manager for AAA. Without a safety restraint, that pint-size pooch can injure other passengers or get hurt on impact.”
- Basically, in a crash, your unrestrained pet will projectile launch either into you causing injury to yourself and your pet, or into the windshield or seats which can both be extremely harmful to your pet.
- Unrestrained pets can be a danger to first responders at an accident scene by either biting out of nervousness or wandering off.
It takes as little as one abrupt stop to seriously injure an unrestrained pet so please consider a harness or crate for your pet while traveling.