Take a Road Trip with your Dog
How to Travel Safely with Animals
Hitting the open road for the summer holidays is basically an American tradition. But millions are left with the dilemma: kennel the pup, or bring it with? If you’re one of the many that decide to bring your dog along with you, this post is for you! At Big Sky Collision Center we want to make sure that you’re safe on the road with no crashes, so heed these warnings so everyone arrives safely.
Seatbelts Save Lives
In 2016 there were about 40,000 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents. That number would have been about 55,000 if seatbelts weren’t worn. The statistics prove that seatbelts save lives. But that goes for our four legged friends as well.
There are special seatbelt harnesses for dogs. Essentially these harnesses clip right into the existing belt, and keep your pooch safe in the event of an accident.
Of course, some dogs aren’t calm enough to sit on the seat wearing a harness. Many will require a crate. Crating your dog is not only safe, it helps them feel secure. Their ancestors lived in dens, so a crate feels like home. Secure the crate to the seat so it doesn’t shift while driving.
Never let the pet roam the cab. It may be fun to have your pet sit on your lap while you drive, but it’s dangerous. Larger dogs can knock your car out of gear, and smaller ones can get in the way of you properly activating the pedals.
Pack Food and Water
Just like us, pets need breaks! Unlike us, they can’t justify going a long time without food or water; they simply know that they are hungry or thirsty.
Bring water and food dishes, as well as plenty of food for the trip. Take regular breaks so the animals can relieve themselves, get a drink of water, and put some food in their bellies. When they’re comfortable, they’ll behave better in the car.
Don’t forget the other essentials though. A leash, baggies for poop, medications, vaccination records, toys, blankets, and pillows will help you travel safely and make a safer and happier trip for everyone.
It gets hot in the car. Now imagine you are wearing a fur coat that you can’t remove. It’s miserable being in the vehicle after it has been parked in the hot sun, it’s even more miserable when you can’t get out of the hot vehicle.
Temperatures outside get warm in the summer; inside those temperatures are compounded. How hot exactly? Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, it shoots to over 100 degrees in a half hour. When it’s a toasty 90 degrees outside, it’s almost 125 degrees in the car! Check out this picture and never leave your pet for even a few minutes.
Please Keep Arms and Legs Inside the Vehicle
You’ve heard the warnings on amusement park rides, but the rules go out the window when travelling with pets. Many dogs love to stick their heads out the window. Maybe they think they’re running fast, maybe they think they’re fighting a wind monster; who knows. What we do know is that the rush of air damages their ears and the risk of being hit by, or hitting, an object are great.
Roll them up and use the air conditioner to maintain an optimal temp inside the vehicle to travel safely.
Bring your Crashes to the Best Auto Body Shop in Montana
If you’re travelling to Billings, or returning to Billings after a trip, we are here for all of your collision repair needs. It’s not just hyperbole; we have the most certifications out of any auto body shop in a five state area. So if you need repairs, why settle for less than the best?