The Importance of Dog Safety in Cars

Did you know its now against the law to travel with an unrestrained pet in your car?

You could end up with a fine of up to £2,500 and penalty points on your licence. Insurance companies are now warning clients that their car insurance may be invalid if they are involved in an accident in which there is an unrestrained pet in the car. Dogs can either travel on the backseat and secured with a dog harness attached to the seatbelt.


If you’re like me, you will take your dog(s) anywhere you can with you so an outing in the car won’t always be for a dog walk or a holiday, but could just be when visiting friends or popping to the shops. Nearly 50% of us travel with our dogs at least once a week, yet Bloumer’s believes that your dog should be as comfortable and safe as you are when travelling along with you.


Here are some great safety tips to ensure your dog is kept safe and comfortable when in the car:
 
Keep heads and paws inside the car at all times!
Whilst many of us like to crack a window for our dogs to enjoy the fresh air, be careful not to have it too far open that the dog can stick its head, or body
out of the side. Especially when moving, this can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Your dog is at risk of being hit from oncoming traffic, stationary
objects such as trees or lampposts and more so, if you should need to breakfast, then an open window is almost a certain accident waiting to happen.
Whilst many of us like to crack a window for our dogs to enjoy the fresh air, be careful not to have it too far open that the dog can stick its head, or body
out of the side. Especially when moving, this can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Your dog is at risk of being hit from oncoming traffic, stationary
objects such as trees or lampposts and more so, if you should need to breakfast, then an open window is almost a certain accident waiting to happen.

Keep dog’s strapped in!
Just as you wear a seatbelt, so should your dog. The law surrounding dog safety has changed in recent years but not many people are aware of the changes. Rule 57 of the UK’s Highway Code explains why pets need to be strapped in: to prevent themselves from potential injury but mainly to prevent
the pet from distracting or injuring the driver, to prevent the risk of accidents.
This law applies to all pets within vehicles, not just dogs!