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    Top 5 safety tips: Travelling with a pet in the car


    Pets are most certainly part of the family. Whether you are taking them with you to visit a family friend or relative or you are planning to take them with you on a UK staycation, it is important that you follow safety guidelines to avoid them unknowingly causing a road traffic accident.

    Car accidents: The problem of travelling with pets

    As lovely as pets are, they can be distracting and unpredictable. In some cases pets also suffer from travel sickness and can become somewhat temperamental when travelling.

    In addition to the existing risk of road traffic accidents, travelling with pets adds factors to your journey which can increase the chances of you having an accident on the road.

    Avoiding pet-related road accidents

    Should you decide to bundle the pets into the car, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure a safe journey and minimise your risk of experiencing a pet-related road accident.

    Top 5 safety tips for travelling with pets

    1. Take short trips with your pet first to gauge how they react to car travel. If they do have motion sickness, it may be that your vet can prescribe medication to ease this problem for longer journeys.
    2. Be sure to stop along the way and allow your dog fresh air as well as something to eat and drink.
    3. Prevent your dog from becoming agitated by providing a comfortable area to sleep while travelling. Toys in the area will also provide a distraction for them while they are not sleeping.
    4. In the case of a road traffic accident, your pet will be less likely to sustain a road-related injury if they too are harnessed, as we are with a seatbelt or car seat. Speak with your vet, who will be able to advise you of the most suitable equipment for your journey.
    5. Pack for your pet. Just as you’d pack important documents for yourself when travelling, be sure to take your pet`s medication cards in case of an emergency. A small first aid kit as well as treats, leads and familiar toys are also essentials.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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