There are many distractions people face will driving their cars. Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone to make a call, to send a text, to check an email, and eating something while driving. Another distraction that can occur while driving is traveling with your dog.
In 2008, there were 6,000 fatalities due to accidents caused by distracted drivers, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
And, in a 2010 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents said they’ve driven with their pets on a variety of car trips including day trips, local errands and leisure trips, the pet store, dog parks and to work.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that people use restraints on dogs and cats to prevent harm to the animals, the driver, and other passengers. Pets should not only ride in the driver’s lap, but they shouldn’t ride in the front passenger seat because of the risk of injury from a deploying airbag. The best way for people to think about this is to compare the dog to having a child in the car.
New Jersey could fine a driver $250 – $1,000 for giving a four-legged family member free rein of the car while it’s moving. In addition, Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine residents can be penalized under distracted-driving laws if they’re driving with a pet in their lap. More than half a dozen states, including California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, have considered laws banishing dogs from the driver’s seat.
The most important headline for pet owners: Restrain your pet. Keep them in an enclosed area. This is safer for a number of reasons. First of all, keeping your pet in a tighter space will keep them from wandering around. If you have a pet wandering while you are driving, the chances you will be distracted are pretty good. Safety barriers are important to your pets for two reasons. First, they stop your pet from being projected in case of a short stop. Second, they stop your pet from becoming a distraction by keeping them in one place.
Where does your dog sit in your car?
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