Is Your Pet a Driving Distraction?
Your dog loves car rides. He loves feeling the wind on his face as his head sticks out the window and the privilege of going everywhere his owner goes.
Pets are a common driving distraction. Unrestrained cats and dogs inside a car can be just as distracting as swatting an insect or changing the radio station.
In the event of a crash, an unrestrained pet can become a serious hazard to everyone. In a 35-mile-per-hour accident, an unrestrained 60 pound dog will carry the force of a 2,700 pound projectile when they are sent flying. Additionally, they are more likely to be harmed or even thrown from a vehicle in even minor fender benders.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, dogs don’t have to be locked up in a carrier to keep them safe while traveling in a car. A restraining harness can be purchased from a pet store. There are several products to protect traveling pets including mobile pet beds and dog seat belts.
Cats are typically best kept in a pet carrier since they are uncomfortable riding in a car or being restrained.
To find out more about pets and distracted driving, visit: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/pets-and-distracted-driving/
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