Keeping within the law!
Did you know that rule 57 of the Highway Code, stipulates that your dog must be restrained when travelling in a vehicle? In fact not only could you be fined £2,500, but you can also receive penalty points on your licence and in some cases, a ban and even a compulsory re-test!
Insurance companies may not even approve a claim, if you are found to have an unrestrained dog in your car and are involved in an accident.
Tips for securing your dog
In order to keep your dog safe while travelling in your car, consider the following:
- Fit a dog harness to your seatbelt
- Attach a zipline harness
- Fit a dog guard in the boot
- Provide a dog crate
Making the journey comfortable
It is not just good old Fido, who may be using your car. Even small furries and cats may require securing, for example, if you are moving and need to transport them to a new location, or more commonly, when visiting the vets.
- Start young: Animals are far more inclined to tolerate and even enjoy car trips, if your start from a young age. Have them sit in your vehicle while it is stationary and then start the engine. Later once they are acclimatised to the running engine, try taking them on short trips.
- Regular breaks: If you are making long journeys, ensure that you take regular breaks in order that they may enjoy a short walk, where they can have a toilet break and a drink.
- Remember to keep them cool in hot days. If you do not have air conditioning, invest in a cooling mat and keep a good stock of cold water.
- Allow your dog to sit on your lap. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND CAN BE DANGEROUS.
- Allow your dog to lean out of an open window. This is distracting for other drivers and a dog could easily bang their head, or in worse case scenarios, fall out and suffer serious injury or even death.
Keeping dogs safe
You would not allow your baby or young child to travel unsecured, so please be mindful of your pets. They, like your children, can suffer injury and can also affect any passenger travelling with them, if they are not safely restrained.