Road trips have gained a huge amount of popularity ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Bringing your furry friends along for the trip can be a great bonus, however, you absolutely need to make sure they are properly accounted for while driving! In this blog, we are going to go over the best practices for traveling on the road with your pets. Keep reading to learn all about them!
- Invest in a Pet Seatbelt
This is a must-have for your pets. With dogs, wearing a seatbelt is easier than cats. There are numerous options online that are affordable and worth it in the case of a vehicle collision. Protecting your dog in the car by using a seatbelt can save its life just as much as it can save yours! Not wearing your seatbelt and not having your pet secure in the car can cause harm and injury to both of you. Why not prevent it from happening? Make the investment. It is worth it!
- Be Prepared
You will need to make sure you pack enough supplies for your pet for the duration of your trip, as well as your car ride. Not being prepared in the car can lead to distraction, such as whining, barking, and in-vehicle accidents. You need to be prepared for this kind of stuff! Make sure you are fully stocked, or even extra stocked when it comes to pet food, bathroom supplies for your pet, and water. You do not want to have to deal with distractions from your pet while driving. Not being prepared can ultimately lead you into a road trip that takes longer than planned for.
- Make Sure Your Car is Ready
This is a standard tip for any kind of long drive. Your car needs to be checked before you hit the road! Is your oil full? Are your tires rotated? Do you need wiper fluid? These are all questions to ask yourself prior to taking on a road trip with any kind of guest in the car—even pets! Your car needs to perform its best when driving long distances, so make sure you have it evaluated by an auto technician prior to your trip to diagnose any necessary maintenance, such as an oil change or tire rotation.
Road trips can either be really fun or mediocre. Bringing your pet on a road trip should be seamless and enjoyable, but it definitely takes some preparation prior to hitting the road. By making sure you follow these three tips before and while driving, you are bound to have a great and safe road trip.
If you are looking to learn more about safe-driving tips, check out our other blogs! If you have been involved in a car accident with your pet, we would love help you get the justice you (and your furry friend) deserve! Give us a call at 1-844-428-4529 to get started.