Travelling with pets can make any road trip more enjoyable. Plus, many pets love riding in the car, as it gives them a chance to get out of the house and experience the world. However, there are important things to keep in mind when you are driving with pets.
According to the ASPCA, you should first assess whether or not your pet will be comfortable travelling in the car. While many animals enjoy the open road, some can get incredibly stressed when they’re in the car. Before a long trip, make sure to take short trips with your animal to get them used to the experience. If they are too stressed, consider leaving your animal behind at a kennel or other facility.
Always secure your animal. Although it can be fun to have them in the cab with you, it is essential that you place them in a carrier and secure them with a seatbelt or other device. In the event of an accident, animals can not only harm you, but they can also be seriously injured. Many animals also run away after an accident, making them difficult to find afterwards. Carriers are safer and smarter.
Finally, never leave your animal alone in a car. If you go in, even for a moment, take your pet. Cars can get extremely hot and extremely cold, which presents health risks for your animals. Cracking the window isn’t enough: always take your pets with you!