We love traveling with pets, and just opening the car door will get them in there, with their head out the window, and ears blowing in the wind.
But laws are not the same everywhere.
Depending on where you live, a dogs head hanging out the window, might get you a ticket.
Pets in cars might need to be restrained by harness, seatbelt, crate, or restricted to a passengers lap, so not to be a distraction to the driver.
In the UK pets are required to be restrained in cars, not just trucks.
But here in the US, the rules vary state to state.
Most states require dogs to be restrained in a truck bed.
But there are a handful of states
that require actual restraint in a vehicle.
And while a state may not require your pet to be restrained in a vehicle, that does NOT mean you wont be held responsible if your dog was found to be the cause of an accident.
There are many reasons to keep a dog restrained in a vehicle, with the most important being safety.
If you love your pet, their safety should be your number one concern.
And having less distractions while driving is a safer ride for everyone.
When traveling with a pet, prepare ahead of time.
Make planned stops for bathroom breaks and water.
Having pet records on hand makes scheduling easier if your pet is in need of day boarding, or grooming. And in case of emergency, history of their health.
Apps like Fidomingle keep all records organized, and accessible on any device, at any time.
Accidents happen every day
And while it may never happen to you or your pet, it is important to be ready.
Should something happen in a moving vehicle, forcing an abrupt stop, pets can get hurt.
Injuries from a result of impact, or just from reacting in fear.
A pet running from a vehicle could end up hit or even lost.
So keep in mind, as pets look cute hanging out of a car window, know that it can also be unsafe.
Car Insurance companies can cover your pet if injured in an accident.
Know ahead of time if your insurance provider
has coverage for your pet. Know the guidelines and what is covered.
And be smart, stay in accordance with state laws regarding pets in vehicles.
This will assure that you are protected, with coverage if needed.
So as important as it is to keep your pet safe when traveling, its important to know what your insurance policy has in place for your pets should something happen.
Be safe in your travels
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