We’re all careful about making sure we’ve secured our kids and ourselves in the car, but how do you restrain your pet when you’re driving? Sure, your pooch wants to feel the wind in their fur as you motor down the highway, but that can be incredibly dangerous. The same goes for having a pet on your lap or even in the backseat. An unrestrained pet is a danger to itself and other passengers because it can be a distraction to the driver and a lethal projectile in the event of a crash.
The best way to keep your pet, yourself and everyone else in the car safe is to set them up with a harness or in a crate, just like you would make sure your child was wearing a seatbelt. You need to be careful when selecting your product though, because a lot of the car restraints out there aren’t regulated.
A 2015 study by The Center for Pet Safety and Subaru found that most of the harnesses and crates for pets that are advertised as ‘crash-tested’ really aren’t. When testing a selection of products, the researchers found that very few would actually protect your pet in the event of a crash (or even just a hard stop). In fact, the researchers only found two of the products tested would actually be safe in a crash.
The study names the Jet Set Forma Frame from Petego (retails at $150) and the Sleepypod Clickit Sport ($115). However, now the Center for Pet Safety website only names the Sleepypod as crash-test certified (that’s fine, it’s cheaper anyway).
So before you head on that summer road trip or jaunt to the cottage, make sure Fido is all secure in his Sleepypod. He might not love that he can’t stick his head out the window, but at least he’ll be safe.