Vehicle safety for dogs and their humans is so very important! Mom has been a seat belt person since she was five when some cars didn’t even have seat belts. She eventually spent years as a flight attendant where her job was to ask if people wanted coffee or tea, chicken or beef, and tell everyone to fasten their seat belts. It’s no wonder she is adamant about all of us buckling up in the car be it a one mile or one thousand mile ride!
Statistics For Dogs In Vehicles
Last week it was in the news that a woman died in a car accident caused by her because of one of her loose dogs crawling into her lap. What are people thinking? We see this so often, usually with small dogs, but it is so very dangerous for lots of reasons. I guess we can be thankful it is usually small dogs since a Newfie on a lap would really be a problem. Properly restraining your dog in a vehicle is not only your duty to your dog, but to protect yourself, and others. Check out these scary statistics!
- 84% of dog owners traveling with their dogs in a vehicle are not restraining them
- Only 16% of people who transport their dogs use proper safety restraints
- 60% of dog owners have driven while being distracted by their pets
- 17% percent of drivers allowed their dog to sit in their lap while they were driving
- 4% percent of drivers say they have played with their dog while driving
Don’t make the mistake of thinking a small dog isn’t a big deal. In a thirty mph crash, a ten pound dog will fly with around three hundred pounds of pressure in an accident. Not only will the dog be injured, she becomes a projectile that can injure other passengers in the vehicle. Now imagine the force of an unrestrained eighty pound dog in a crash at sixty mph!
Considerations For Vehicle Safety For Dogs
How can you best travel with your dog to keep her safe as well as any other passengers in the vehicle?
Decide on where your dog will ride. Most people have their dogs in the back of the vehicle, but in a rear end crash, this could be harmful to the dogs. Have you researched crash tests for your vehicle? We ride in the back seat for many reasons, but one is because it is safer than the back of the car.
Buckle your dog up. My sisters and I wear seat belts, BUT very few seat belts are really crash approved. Ours are AllSafe which have been crash tested and are also approved for use on the German Autobahn. AllSafe dog car restraints have been tested and approved by Germany, Sweden, and the USA. They are expensive, but they are the best in the world, and they will last for years to come.
Crate your dog, BUT a crate is not a crate. The plastic crates like we use for home and dog sports will keep your dog restrained in the car but in a crash they will most likely break and your dog will escape if they are not injured. There are crates made for cars, like the MIM Variocage which is awesome. Mom isn’t a big car crate fan, another reason we opted for seat belts.
Why Restrain Your Dog In A Vehicle
- Unrestrained dogs become a driver distraction similar to texting and driving. Children are restrained whether they like it or not, dogs should be as well.
- Dogs should not be hanging out of open windows. It is dangerous for one thing, and for another, all the wind is bad for unprotected eyes.
- Your dog should never be in the front seat, whether they are restrained or not. The airbags are a huge danger, not to mention the danger of flying through the windshield which is right there.
- A dog will become a projectile in a crash if not properly restrained. For the safety of your dog, you, and other passengers, restrain them.
- Your dog may be thrown from the vehicle. Depending on injuries, she may run out into traffic, causing further accidents, or end up getting hit by a car.
- Dogs who are in an accident are traumatized and may not let first responders anywhere near you or your car. For the safety of help that arrives, dogs should be restrained.
Vehicle safety for dogs in vehicles is so important. It needs to be done, and done correctly! Kudos to you if you are properly restraining your dog. If you are letting your pup be loose in your vehicle, we hope this post will give you some things to think about.
PS: In case you feel the need to spy on your pups while driving like our mom does, buy a baby mirror. It only costs a couple dollars but it is a great investment. Without turning around, Mom can check up on us anytime.
**This post is not sponsored by anyone. We are just sharing our own thoughts and experiences with our readers.**