Car Safety – Should Dogs Buckle Up?


Okay, most of us buckle up as soon as we get into our car. We all agree we should wear a seat belt when we’re traveling in a vehicle. In fact, it’s mandatory (by law) in most states in the U.S.

With the exception of New Hampshire, all states and the District of Columbia require adult front-seat occupants to use seat belts. Adult rear-seat passengers also are covered by the laws in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia have primary enforcement. Primary enforcement laws allow a police officer to stop and cite a motorist solely for not using a seat belt. In states with secondary enforcement, police can only enforce the law if the motorist has been pulled over for another violation first.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

But how many of us regularly secure our dogs when we’re traveling? The laws of physics apply to us all, humans and dogs, so an unrestrained dog can be seriously injured or killed in an accident, too.

CarRentals recently surveyed dog owners to uncover their driving habits with their pets in the car. Their findings helped them develop key car safety tips to keep everyone riding safely. Check out their safety tips in the infographic below, and see the full study on pet parents’ driving habits.

Driving safely with your dog


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).

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