Who doesn’t love to see a dog sticking its head out of the window on the open road? Perhaps you love allowing your own dog to do it? Unfortunately though, if you do, you could be breaking the law which could not only mean your car insurance is invalidated, but could lose you your licence too.
Against the Law – How?
According to the Highway Code, drivers must make sure that any dogs or other animals travelling in a car with them are restrained suitably to prevent them from distracting you while you are driving. It also stipulates that they must not be able to cause injury to you or themselves if you have to make a sudden stop.
It is therefore recommended that all dog owner drivers invest in a dog guard, cage, carrier or even just a seat belt harness to keep their canine passenger securely restrained during car journeys.
Although may people take their dogs in cars unsecured, GoCompare.com has warned that drivers that do this are breaking the law and could cause problems for their insurance.
For instance, if they are involved in an accident, they may have to pay all the damages and medical costs, for all concerned, if they do not have their dog securely restrained.
If you don’t have a seatbelt for your dog, here are some of the best ones we found.
Some Tips For Safe Car Journeys With Pets
Further to investing in a dog-suitable seatbelt for your car, there are a couple of other things you can do to ensure car journeys are always safe and comfortable for your beloved pet, such as:
- For long journeys, try and take your dog for a long walk to stop them from having too much unused energy that could make them restless in the car.
- Avoid feeding your animal for at least 2 hours before you travel as many breeds, just like some human passengers, are prone to motion sickness.
- Make sure your car is kept cool during journeys, by keeping windows open a little and make use of sun blinds.
- Plan regular stops on long journeys, for toilet and fresh air breaks, not just for you but for your pet as well.
- Take enough water for the journey, to ensure your dog is properly hydrated.
- Take some food along on longer journeys, for food breaks and in case you break down.
- Never leave your dog alone in the car, particularly on warm days, as this can cause dehydration and even death.