Not everyone loves travelling by road. There are, however, times you have to cover fairly long distances by road.
If for any reason you will be travelling by road with a pet, there are things you need to know if you must have a smooth ride.
This article contains tips for travelling with your pets in the car.
Your Pets Should not be in your Front Seat
In just the same way as you are not allowed to keep your child in your front seat regardless of how much you love your child, when driving with your pet in the car, under no circumstance should your pet be kept in the front seat.
Keeping your pet off your front seat implies that you are not allowed to drive with your pet on your laps or keep your pet in your passenger seat while you drive.
Now, you might say your dog can fit perfectly under a seatbelt. That would still not keep your dog safe from the risk of being badly affected if there is an accident. When an accident occurs and your car airbag is deployed, your dog might get injured.
It is important to note that although your dog might seem big enough to be held in place by a seat belt, it will never perfectly fit under a seat belt. The reason for this is car seat belts were designed for fully grown humans. Since a dog is not a fully grown human, an accident with your dog in the front seat and under a seat belt might end up being fatal for your dog.
You Need to Drive with a Pet Carrier
When you drive with a pet in your car, there is always a likelihood of the pet being involved in an accident. This includes all types and sizes of pets. No one is left out.
When you are driving with your pet in the car, you might be very careful. That, however, does not mean accidents will not occur. So to ensure that your pet is always safe, you will need to always move around with a pet carrier. While having a pet carrier can go a long way in keeping your pet safe if an accident takes place, there are times the impact of an accident might move your pet carrier out of the car.
To ensure that your pet carrier stays in place even after an accident, you will need to keep it in place with a seat belt.
In addition to keeping your pets safe, when you travel with a pet carrier that is kept in place by a seat belt, issues of motion sickness can be avoided.
You Need a Good Supply of Food
When going a long distance with your pet in your car, you should always bear in mind that your pet will need to eat from time to time. While it might seem very convenient to stop along the road to get your pet something, doing so might be a major mistake.
Unlike humans that can deal with a bad feeling in the tummy until they find a convenient place to ease off, pets do not have a reputation for dealing with digestive upsets. This means if you buy any food that your pet is not used to eating, you might be in for the worst ride of your life.
To avoid any bad occurrence that might take place when your pet tries food that it is not used to, you have to always travel with food that your pet is used to in good quantity.