Pet Passenger Safety

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AAA discusses the importance of pet passenger safety and demonstrates how you can secure your pet.

    Jennifer Davidson: A AAA/Kurgo Survey found that more than 80% of people that drive with their dogs don't use a restrain. Here are few easy tips to keep your furry passenger safe.

    Use a pet restraint to minimize driver distractions on every trip. In the advent of a crash, a restraint protects not only your dog, but the driver and fellow passengers as well.

    An unrestrained 10-pound dog, in a 30 mile per hour will crash, exserts more than 300 pounds of pressure. Imagine a 300 pound missile loose in your car. A restraint also allows emergency responders a safe access to human passengers, it also prevents your pet from escaping the vehicle and end at greater harms way.

    One of the easiest and most common pet restraints is a harness that hooks into your car's seat belt. Remember, the safest place for your pet is going to be in the backseat. With the harness, pets can get into the car on their own, which is helpful for larger dogs too.

    Make sure the harness is designed for vehicle use, has a broad padded chest plate and a way to connect to the vehicle. Inside the seatbelt through the loop, attach it to the harness, buckle it in, and you're ready to go.

    For small dogs, consider a pet booster seat. A booster seat is tethered to the car's seat and allows smaller dogs to see out of the window. An option for both cats and dogs is a pet crate. Crates should be secured in the vehicle with straps to ensure the safety of not only your pet, but any other passengers as well.

    Remember to restrain your pet for every trip, for the safety of all of your passengers, including your furry ones.