Friday, April 29, 2016

Behind the Wheel: 7 Safety Tips

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

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Tanner ALWAYS Rides in the Back
I have a couple--sometimes 3--favorite tagalongs for errands, dog park visits, checking in with Grandma and other fun outings that are dog-friendly. With each passing year I seem to learn new things that help me to maintain a safe drive for all participants. Hopefully you'll take a minute to soak these up:

  1. Always use crash-tested seatbelts and harnesses, attached to either the car's seatbelt system or the cargo tie downs. These could save not only your dogs' lives, but also your own. You don't want a dog in your lap while trying to maneuver during a potential accident situation, nor do you want a flying dog to hit you or the windshield in case of an accident. Securely fastening your pups using an unbreakable harness and seatbelt are essential. As American Express would say: Don't leave home without it.
  2. If your pint-sized pup is accustomed to riding up front, please, please, please,
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    evaluate your airbag situation. Older models may not have them; newer models may have ones that cannot be turned off. The latest models have on/off switches or are automatically turned off when no weight is on the seat. Know your car's potential for deployment in the passenger seat. When in doubt, move your toy-sized dog to the back.
  3. If you assess your front and side airbag situation and determine that your pup is safe from a deployment, there's still one additional safety matter to attend to. While carseats do generally include seat attachments and clips for the dog's harness, these rarely are made to withstand the pressure of an impact, leaving your pup at risk of a snapped tether, forcing him into projectile mode. Avoid this by assuring the carseat is secured by the automobile seatbelt, and then attach your pup to the seatbelt using a crash-tested harness and tether. I know this sounds like a mouthful, but once it's in place, it only takes a few seconds to hook your pup in when you head off for some fun. Let's make sure you both arrive alive.
  4. When carrying a single, small dog in the back seat, use either a folded seat back to raise his level, or place an elevated carseat in the center. The center of the back seat is the safest place for your pup in the event of a collision. Be sure that the carseat you select includes the option to secure it to the car's seatbelt, and purchase a separate crash-tested carseat harness and tether to keep Fido safely in his seat at all times.
  5. Your medium to larger dog must always ride in the back seat or on the forward-folded platform behind you, with a seatbelt harness tethered to the luggage tie downs or the car seatbelts. This safety measure will keep Fido from trying to join you up front, interfere with your concentration or your ability to steer, see ahead and control the vehicle. These safety concerns are just as important as his own safety.
  6. Remember that one of the most common injuries our pets' doctors see is foreign objects in our dogs' eyes. Despite the joy your dog exhibits when riding with his head out the window, for his safety you should keep the windows closed or at least only cracked, to protect his peepers from injury.
  7. Finally, consider loose items in the cabin area of the car. Anything heavy enough to cause harm should be tied down or placed in the floor area where they are least likely to come into contact with your pup. 
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Now, it's your turn. What are some other safety tips for your dogs when riding in the car? Hit the comment button and share your thoughts.

Happy riding,




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28 comments:



Dawn said...

Tanner and Oliver sure look comfortable! Putting Oliver's car seat in the center of the back seat is an excellent safety point to consider. I'd say that anyone sitting the back seat, whether person or dog, is safer in the middle.



Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Absolutely, Dawn! Pediatricians advise new mothers to place their infant seats in the center of the back seat for this very reason.



JoAnn Stancer said...

Great tips, my dogs are my children so I do these safety tips to keep them safe.



Jen Hodges said...

I completely agree with the dog safety harnesses while riding. It keeps my girls safe and calm. Thanks for the tips!



Emily Boler said...

I wish MORE people talked about this. When our first two dogs were still young, we were driving home from day care. They were amped up and loose in the car. A small disagreement broke out sending one dog flying into the front seat. I reacted by rear ending the car in front.

No one was injured, thankfully, but, now, no one goes ANYWHERE without a harness attached to a seatbelt. We also have a dog hammock in the row of seats behind us to prevent dog claw marks in the leather seats.

This is such an important issue! Thanks for this post!



Sam Ivy said...

I agree with Emily, this topic needs to be discussed more. Thank you for getting the information and the importance out there. Accidents happen far too often on the road. The more we can protect our pups, the better. Thanks for the great tips.



Derrick said...

thanks for your post, this should be mentioned more often, cause it can safe a Dogs life! great blog, i like your site!



Kaylee Hunt said...

I loved this blog! I definitely think that people should consider these tips to keep their dogs safe. I always make sure the window locks are on. Also, check out my blog, you might enjoy it!



John Reynolds said...

The tips are very useful. I have two dogs. One is a 2 yr old and another is 3 yr old and I also suffer, while taking them to drive with me. But now I think these tips will give some relief.



Valerie said...

So glad to see this post! You rarely hear about pet safety while driving, but it so important. It breaks my heart to see dogs roaming about the vehicle or hanging out of the window. Just like humans, dogs need safety precautions too. Thanks for sharing these tips.



Loyal Paws said...

All fantastic, detailed tips here! I will use all your advice whenever i take my dogs out in the car with me! Thanks for sharing such fantastic advice!



Valentino said...

very usefull and helpfull tips for every dog owner! take care when you drive with your dog inside the car!



Kent Clark said...

I agree that it is wise to have your dog in the backseat. It is interesting how many people prefer to have the beloved pet in the front seat. That can be kind of dangerous. In the event of an accident, you can cause some serious injuries to your dog. It is much better to be safe. http://ricelakeanimalhospitalinc.com/



Jae Lee said...

Thanks for this article! My border terrier always rides in a plastic kennel, but sometimes I forget to seatbelt the kennel in -- thanks for reminding me how important this is! Mutt Maps will be sharing this article on our social media!



LJ said...

I used to let my dogs ride in my lap for many years until about a year ago. In addition to their safety, it's important for human safety as well. Now when I see dogs riding in the front seat in their parent's lap, I see it as just as bad as texting, eating, putting on makeup, smoking, etc. It greatly increases the risk of a serious accident happening.



Deepa said...

Nice tips...i love my dogs
i do these safety tips.



Mahée Ferlini said...

Great tips! Safety is so important to all who are involved: the driver, passengers(pets), and other vehicles as well. Thank you for sharing!



Erin Dean said...

Thank you for your tips. They are really useful and important to remember for every dog owner!!!
Also it could be added that dogs can be transported in carriers. It can be used various types of them (cages, bags). It is importnant to choose appropriate carrier according to the breed of dog.
Aside from additional safety for a dog, it will help to keep your car clean by avoiding dog's fur and saliva.



Robb Smith said...

Hey Carrie, love reading your blog and especially this article was very detailed and informative. Even though most of us know all these facts it's good to have someone remind once in a while :)

I wanted to ask you specifically, in what kind of dog carriers I should invest in? There are so many out there in the market and online that I'm totally confused. Also I have read how some of them don't even last more than a couple of months. Is this something you use? What care should I be taking before purchasing one?



MaxAlvarado said...

Hi Carrie Thanks for this Amazing blog post... i learn a lot from your post and Please keep posting :)



Jessi Lashakmitis said...

Very informative blog on travel safety with your pets. I own a husky myself. As a natural ball of energy, Charlie would love to roam around the car while his mom would travel to places. Jumping from the backseat to the passenger seat, I realized how much of a hazard this was not only for the safety of Charlie but as well as to myself and driver's around me. I decided to take the necessary safety measures to prevent an accident to occur with my pet, so I invested in a dividing fence that separates the front seats from the back seats. Charlie is no longer able to jump into the passenger seat anymore and traveling with him has been an easier task to do.
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The Three Marbles - Bentley - said...

Hi Carrie,

You write the most informative, condensed, insightful, and thought provoking blogs! You go where most bloggers don’t go. I am glad that you raise awareness of car safety. We should be concerned with the safety of our furry friends just like ours. Thank you for sharing such fascinating materials.

Keep up the awesome work!

Cheers,
Bentley and The Three Marbles



Kylie said...

Great information, very informative! These are wonderful tips on how to make sure your pup is safe when traveling in the car as well as the passengers!



Mike Shinoda said...

Thank you for your tips. They are really useful and important to remember for every dog owner!!! very usefull and helpfull tips for every dog owner.
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Dog Seatbelts said...

Very important to keep your loved one safe while travelling in the car. A good quality seat belt or harness is much needed and can still allow your dog to be comfortable and enjoy the ride too.



Sharon Jones said...

Hi. Nice and very informative blog on dog safety while riding. The tips are very useful. I completely agree with Robb that you should use a carrier for your dog while driving. There are many different types of designer dog carrieravailable in the market. So I think it's the best idea for our doggies safe riding.



Brad Nierenberg said...

Thanks for the very informative blog on dog safety while driving, its unfortunate that many dog owners do not drive with their dogs in a carrier, often times you will see dogs riding with their heads out the windows, which we now see can lead to a tragedy.



Molly said...

Thank you so much Carrie for this article. It helps a lot, and i will try to follow every step.

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