Driving Safely with Pets

Wednesday March 18, 2020

"Keep your animals safe when you are on the go together! Proper precautions can ensure your pet’s safety as well as your own."


There are a number of reasons why you may need to take your pet for a ride in your car. You could be going on vacation, taking the pet to the vet or simply going for a short ride to run errands. However, failing to take the proper precautions to secure pets during car rides can jeopardize the well-being of both animals and passengers alike. To ensure your pets are safe during car rides, keep in mind the following:
  • Keep dogs and cats in carriers when possible. When pets are allowed to roam around a vehicle, they can distract drivers and potentially cause an accident. Carriers should have secure doors and latches. They should also be comfortable and well ventilated to ensure pets have a safe and stress-free ride.
  • Avoid leaving pets alone in cars for any length of time. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise quickly, which can put your pet’s health at risk.
  • Keep your pet comfortable. For long trips, bring along their favorite toys and some small snacks. This can help reduce stress and make the ride more enjoyable for everyone.
  • Remove any loose objects from the car, if possible. Following a crash, these objects can become dangerous projectiles.
Above all, it’s important to understand and follow any relevant laws related to driving with pets. Check with your local department of motor vehicles or veterinary office to learn more.