People adore their dogs. They make loyal and loving companions. Their presence means the world to dog owners who consider them family members in every way.
But there is one important caveat if you happen to be driving a vehicle with one aboard. Having a dog that is not in a carrier or restrained in a car or pick-up truck when you are at the wheel is dangerous. A dog that is barking, moving around, trying to jump in the front seat with you or is momentarily blocking your vision can be a tricky problem for you. A dog’s mood can change from docile to rambunctious in an instant.
Your mind is not wholly on driving with an unrestrained dog in the vehicle. Even worse, you may be using one hand to try to pacify the animal. If your line of sight is obscured, someone could cross your vehicle’s path without you seeing them or being able to stop in time. The smallest, most obedient dog is capable of seriously distracting a driver if they are romping inside a vehicle.
What not to do when you have your pooch along for the ride
Plenty of drivers admit that they have done things they shouldn’t when driving with their four-legged pals. According to one survey, they said they offered them snacks, snapped selfies, used an arm or hand to keep the dog still, let them lounge in their lap or interacted with their dog by reaching around to the rear seat. All of these seemingly innocent acts are extremely risky when performed during driving.
How you and your dog can travel safely on the road
Invest in a pet restraint system or a pet carrier if the dog.is small. It’s a sensible move to keep both of you safe.
You can’t always be safe from other drivers, however. One of them might be distracted by a dog in their car, causing a serious crash. See what actions you can take to make sure you get the compensation you need to deal with your physical injuries, emotional distress and damages.