Keep Your Pets Safe In The Car

Here’s how to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Car

There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing a happy dog with its nose out the car window, hair blowing, sniffer sniffing. Learn how to keep your pets safe in the car before take off.

Unfortunately, dogs (and cats) can also be a distraction while driving which, obviously, can lead to an accident. 

To minimize your distraction and keep your pets safe while driving, follow the safety tips below. They’re the next best thing to having your pet sit in the seat and buckle up itself.

Keep Your Pets Safe in the Car – Cats Edition


We’re starting with cats because this one’s a no-brainer. When traveling with cats, always place them in a carrier. Period. Even if your cat loves curling up in your lap, put it in a carrier. All it takes is a split-second for it to jump off your lap and get under the brake pedal or accelerator. 

Buckle Up with a Harness 

To keep you and your dog safe while driving, try a harness seat belt. This highly convenient and affordable product is ideal for anyone who wants to protect their pup. With so many options to choose from, do a little research and find the right harness for your dog size (and budget size).

Harnesses are designed to fit tightly, securely and comfortably. Best of all, they’re easy to put on and take off. Once you adjust and connect its strap to the car’s seat belt, your dog won’t be able to wiggle out of it. 

Zip into a Zip Line 

A car zip line is like a human zip line. Just a lot shorter (and probably not as much fun). You mount a zip line between seatbelts in the back seat and connect your dog with a leash or tether. 

Zip lines are a great option. They give your pup the ability to roam a little in the back seat while making sure it remains safely away from you. Since your pooch will only be slightly restrained, you won’t have to feel like you’re taking away all of its fun.

Put up a Barrier

If there’s enough room in your vehicle, try a barrier. As the name suggests, a barrier is more or less a wall you put up between the front and back seats or in the back part of an SUV. A barrier gives your pup the most room to move around – while, most importantly, keeping it from interfering with your driving.

Barriers work especially well if you have more than one dog.

It’s the Law

Like texting, having pets in the car can distract you from driving. That’s why it’s essential to keep them secure.

In some states, it’s also the law.

Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have completely banned having pets in laps. In other states, including Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts, drivers can be charged with distracted driving. 

Now that you know how to keep your pets safe while driving, go one step further by protecting your pet from the unexpected with SPOT Pet Insurance. In or out of a car, they’ll be covered.

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