How to Have Safe Travels with Your Pets
We Love Our Pets; Let’s Show It
As the weather warms, and we get outside to do more and more adventurous activities with our dogs, we need to take a few minutes to ensure that they will remain safe. Letting them freely roam the interior of the vehicle can lead to big issues. As your choice for collision repair in Billings, MT, our goal is to ensure that you’re safe on the road.
Pets, from dogs to cats; from birds to reptiles, they hold a special place in our hearts. Let’s ensure that everyone arrives safely regardless of species.
What Happens to a Dog in a Wreck
Our dogs are small; even the largest of them don’t usually outweigh a human. That means the force generated in a wreck is relatively small as well… right? Actually, it’s not. A wreck at 35mph will cause a 60 pound dog to become a projectile with 2,700 pounds of force. That’s enough to kill the dog and the driver.
Smaller dogs will obviously have less force, but even a tiny dog that’s just 5 pounds will fly through the air so quickly that you are in danger, and the dog is most likely not going to survive. Top that all off with the fact that a 35mph crash is often in town and not often fatal, and you get a situation where bad things could have easily been prevented.
How to Ensure Canine Safety
Your dog’s safety is a concern. When you care for their safety, you create a safer driving space for yourself too. Dogs on laps and heads out the window are distracting to drivers, and unsafe to pooches. So here’s how to take care of that.
Restrain Big Dogs – Bigger dogs should be restrained. Using a special harness that hooks to the seat belt will not only keep them in place during the drive, but also in place if there is a crash. Furthermore, they will be restrained and unable to jump out as soon as the door opens.
Crate Smaller Dogs – Smaller dogs can get into a crate that is able to be secured to the seat. They still get the thrill from the car ride, they feel safer in the crate, and they’re taken care of in the event of an accident.
Barrier Huge Dogs – Some dogs are simply too big (or the vehicle is too small) to have them on the seat. Instead, make sure they are sectioned off in the back where they won’t pose a risk to the other occupants. They can be harnessed in place back there to keep them safe too.
Keeping Other Critters Safe While Driving
Of course, we aren’t always traveling with just dogs. What if we have a cat, bird, reptile, fish, or anything else? Here are a few safety guidelines.
Crate or Cage – Never let any animal roam free during the drive. They spook easily and can cause an accident that puts everyone in harm’s way.
Use Plastic – It might be easier to grab the glass terrarium and put it on the seat, but using a cardboard or plastic container will prevent shattered glass from doing damage.
Cover Them – Apart from dogs, most animals hate car rides; it’s too scary for them. Cover them so they don’t know what’s going on outside their cage to help keep them calm.
Big Sky Collision Center Does Auto Body Work in Billings
Being in a wreck sucks. But the repair procedure doesn’t have to. Regardless of why it happened, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center. We have more certifications than any other shop in the area, and we can get it restored to full factory safety standards.
Need to make an appointment? Just give us a call at 406-259-6328.