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How should a pet ride in the car?

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20/11/2015

Your family might have pets, which could be any animal that keeps you company, but is most likely a dog or a cat. If it is a dog, it almost certainly wants to go everywhere with you as another member of the family.

In addition, your children may be very attached to your dog and may not want to go anywhere without their furry, four-legged friend. If you are going to go somewhere in the car with your pet, you need to remember that the animal can't just ride in the car any way you like.

In addition, this is where another complication enters the picture: Your child might not want to be separated from the dog even for a moment, and may want to carry it in his or her arms the whole time, to pet it or play with it. No matter how much your child loves your dog or cat, you can't allow this. It is against the law, it is unsafe for your family, and is not safe for the animal itself.

The first thing to remember is that, just as with adults and children, who must be properly secured in the car, with a seat belt or an approved child restraint system that is suitable for the child's age, animals must also be secured or at least located in such a way that they do not interfere with the driver in any way.

An animal left loose in the car may distract or bother the driver or interfere with his or her movements (with the pedals, the gearshift or the steering wheel), or can block the driver's view of the road: this would be the case with a dog that is nervous about being in the car or that moves around freely.

In addition, a loose animal also runs the risk of being injured in the event of sudden braking or an accident, as it can strike parts of the car or even be thrown into the air, striking passengers or even being ejected from the vehicle.

This is why pets should be carried using devices that, on the one hand, do not interfere with driving and on the other hand allow the pets to travel in safety. Different solutions for carrying animals can be found at your automobile dealership as optional accessories, or they can be found in specialized automobile or pet stores.

The solution you choose will depend on the animal, especially on its size. For pets that are not very large, such as small dogs and medium-sized cats or rabbits, you can choose a pet carrier, which you should set on the floor, between the back seats, or in the luggage compartment. Do not place it on a seat, and do not try to fasten it down with a seat belt; this does not work well.

For relatively small pets, you can also use harnesses that fasten to the seat belt anchors on the seat. It is best to leave you pet in the rear of the car; it will distract you less and you do not run the risk of passenger-side airbag striking your pet in the event of an accident.

For larger dogs, you will have to take them in the luggage compartment, and for this, you may require a net or grille specifically designed to separate the luggage compartment from the cab. It is also advisable for you to restrain the animal with a harness, which in turn is attached to the fastening rings in the luggage compartment, so that it cannot move about very much or be struck (for example, when taking a curve).

Remember also that, just as with a seat belt or a child's car seat, these systems must be used at all times and in all places, whether for a short trip through the city or on a long road trip. If you keep all of this in mind, your pet and family will travel in greater safety.

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