The very first thing that most of us think about when we get into a vehicle is buckling ourselves and our family up. So why would we think twice about buckling our pets up for too? It is something, until recently, that I personally didn’t give much thought to. That all changed when I was in a car accident that totaled my car. I remember one of the first thoughts going through my head was “What if my dogs had been in my car with me?” I immediately started researching safety restraints for pets.
One of the first websites that I came across was www.barkbuckleup.com. Not only does the website give you references for pet safety, they also look out for yours. Bark Buckle Up references auto & recreational safety as well as travel tips. The website gives you interesting facts on their website like:
- When driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield, or passenger.
- Unrestrained pets delay emergency workers’ access to human occupants.
- Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident.
A website resource for pet travel products is www.pettravelcenter.com. My family vehicles are now all equipped with safety restraints and harnesses for our dogs. I highly recommend that you check both websites out if you travel with your pets.