February 14, 2012

Riding Shotgun

In the theme of this love-crazed holiday, we have to ask: How much do you LOVE your pet??!

Our bet is, a lot! In which case, it’s time we sat down for a chat about their safety. No, this isn’t going to be a talk about the “birds and the bees.” (Phew!) Today we’re discussing the importance of making sure your pet is safe when they come along with you in the car.

Maybe some of you sat through a presentation in grade school about what happens in a car crash. For those of you who didn’t, the police officer explained how, on impact, everything in the car (pens, books, CD’s, etc.) flies to the front of the car at top speed. If your pup is riding shotgun, unrestrained… well, we don’t want to think about what could happen.

Last year AAA and Kurgo did a survey regarding pet travel. Here’s what they found: Of people who bring their pets in the car, 52% pet their dog while driving. 23% have used their arm to protect their pet when applying their brakes. 18% let their pet sit in their lap!

As adorable as it is to see a dog loving life, with his head out the window, wind blowing back his ears… it’s simply not worth the risk. These habits distract you (the driver) and increase the risk of an accident.

The beautiful Huskies in Suzuki's commercial were all strapped in and ready to go!

We noticed while watching the Super Bowl commercials this year all dogs that were riding along in cars were secured with doggy seatbelts. This is such a great step! And hopefully it will help more people realize just how important it is to buckle up their pets.

How about you guys? Do you have a safety system set up for your pet in the car? Sound off in the comments! 

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