Keeping Your Pets Safe on Road Trips | Christian Brothers Automotive, West Wichita
If you have a beloved pet, you probably love taking it wherever you can—whether it be across town or on a big road trip! Pets can be fantastic traveling companions no matter where you are headed, but it is important to take the proper precautions to keep them safe any time you are on the road.
Unfortunately, cars were not designed with pets in mind, meaning they are not always the safest option for our furry friends. Thankfully, there are many things us humans can do to make sure they are safe and comfortable for every single mile.
Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe on Road Trips
Make Sure They Are Secure
While your dog being your copilot may sound fun in theory, letting a pet ride in the front seat can actually be quite dangerous due to the airbags as well as the potential for distractions. There are plenty of safe options for securing your pup in the car, from backseat hammocks to seat belt harnesses. Deciding what works for your setup will be a personal thing, but it is worth investigating to see what will keep your pup safe.
Never Leave Your Pets Unattended in Your Vehicle
While it is not uncommon to see a pup waiting in a car in the grocery store parking lot or outside of a restaurant, leaving a dog (or cat) unattended in your vehicle is actually quite dangerous. Not only can cars get hot extremely quickly even in mild weather, but there is also quite a bit of potential for a pet to get into various mischief. It is best to leave a passenger with your pup or schedule your errands around when it is not with you just in case.
Make Sure Your Pets Have Updated Identification Tags
Whether you are going across town or across the country, making sure your pup or cat can be properly identified is a must. Be sure that it has identification tags that have your contact information and any pertinent info, such as if your pet requires medication or has allergies. This will ensure that if you were to get separated, you can be reunited as quickly as possible.
Keeping your pets safe in the car starts with good car maintenance, which we are here to help with! Whether you need regular service or a pre-trip inspection, schedule an appointment with us today to get started.