How To Drive With Your Pets in the Norco CA Area
Many pet owners enjoy bringing their pets along while traveling. The cutest thing in the world is definitely your dog hanging his head out the car window and his tongue flapping around. That face is just too cute! While many of us can agree that it’s absolutely adorable, did you know that there are several safety measures you need to take before having your furry friend tag along? Take a look at our five pet safety tips you need to consider before bringing your pet along:
1. Never leave your pet in the car unattended.
If you won’t do it to your child, then you shouldn’t do it to your pet! Even on a mild, seventy-eight degree, day the temperature inside of a parked car can exceed triple digits within minutes. While it may feel like the temperature is safe enough – leaving your pet alone in a hot car can cause serious illness or even death. Not to mention that in some states, cities, or counties, it is illegal to leave your pet unattended.
2. Your Pet Needs Identification.
You never know when an emergency can occur – a car accident, stalling, your pet jumping out, etc. Your pet should be wearing proper identification while traveling it helps authorities reunite you with your furbaby in case a separation should occur. Dogs tags, or other wearable Identification allows for immediate contact from the general public, but microchip identification may assist you further if your pet is taken to a vet or animal control when they are found.
3. Consider Pet Safety Restraints.
Pet safety restraints serve multiple preventive purposes. First, unrestrained pets can be seriously injured in an auto accident. Second, they can become a dangerous flying projectile during an accident, causing physical harm to other passengers in the vehicle. Third, pets that move about in a moving vehicle can be a distraction.
There are several styles of safety restraints available for purchase at pet specialty stores and online. There is no “best” form of restraint. Instead, you should consider the safest restraint available for your pet’s weight and size.
4. Take Breaks Often
Your pet needs to get out of the vehicle, stretch their legs, walk about, and drink water as often as you do. Every time you take a break in your travels, your pet needs to be removed from your vehicle for a break too.
5. No Petting While Driving.
Don’t allow your pet to ride in your lap or arms while you are operating a vehicle. Unrestrained pets can create huge distractions regardless of their location in the vehicle, but riding in your lap or in your arms is an even higher form of distraction for you as a driver. See consideration number two, above, for more information on the importance of pet restraints.
Authors Note: Maria Briggs is a local writer and owner of the blog Adventures of the Mamma Homemaker. In her blog she conquers homemaking one adventure at a time. Follow her on Facebook.