Safe Pet Travel
The Bark Buckle UP Campaign educates pet parents on how to put on and take off safety pet belts and the importance of securing their pet safely for travel.
While most of us, spurred by safety concerns and government regulations, wear seat belts as a matter of course, we don't always think about restraining our dogs when they're our passengers. But going without a restraint poses dangers to dogs and drivers alike. In the event of a sudden stop or accident, a dog can become a flying projectile that can injure you, your passengers or be thrown through the windshield. Accidents do happen everyday.
In an accident, an unrestrained animal is dangerous to the human passengers as well. Even in an accident of only 30 mph, a 15-pound child can cause an impact of more than 675 pounds. A 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, a windshield, or another passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers for whom every moment is precious.
Unrestrained pets can also distract the driver, and cause an accident. Even pets that are normally well behaved could be frightened by something unusual and dive for the driver's feet or lap. Following a car accident, an unrestrained pet could escape and be hit by another vehicle or cause another collision. A frightened dog may attack strangers who are trying to help.
According to Bark Buckle Up, follow the rules when taking your pet in:
Buckling up is an important safety precaution for pets. Many states and provinces now require that pets be restrained while in a moving vehicle and restraints have several advantages. They help protect pets in case of a collision and they keep pets from running loose and distracting the driver. They also keep pets from escaping the car through an open window or door.
Cats and smaller dogs are often most comfortable in pet carriers. Carriers give many animals a sense of security and familiar surroundings and can be secured to the car seat with a seat belt or a specially designed carrier restraint (like a child's seat).
There are also pet restraints available that can be used without carriers, including harnesses, seat belt attachments, specially designed pet car seats, as well as vehicle barriers, and restraint systems.
Absolutely do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Even with windows cracked, and even on a seemingly nice day, temperatures in a car can quickly escalate and kill your pet. If you will have to leave the pet, the pet shouldn't have come along for that trip.
Secure your pet. You might think it's fun for the pet to sit in your lap or catch some breeze from the bed of your truck. Your pet is not safe in these situations and, in fact, you may endanger yourself and others if you can't drive properly.
You would never toss a child loose in the back-seat. There are harnesses that attach to seat belts and crates to secure your pets.
Keep your pet hydrated. On a trip, it's tempting to skimp on the food and water to avoid pit stops. While you do want to cut back a little, just for your pet's comfort while on the go, be sure your pet gets enough to drink or eat. If you are driving with a pet, plan for plenty of stops to walk you pet, and give the pet food and water.
Also known as RVs or Motorcoach. Motorcoach transportation has been a safe form of transportation in the United States *Motorcoaches fall under the category of buses in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Buses typically provide one of the safest modes of transportation. Motorcoach transportation has been a safe form of transportation in the United States.
Over the past ten years there have been 48 fatal Motorcoach crashes. During this period, on average:
SEAT BELTS: Seat belts are another approach for potential improved Motorcoach occupant protection in crashes. Seat belts could also potentially provide protection in multiple crash modes, including rollover, and prevent ejection. Seat Belts, work with Pet Travel Harness, Kennel or Pet Car Seats.
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Report
No question that the excitement of having the air whip through your hair on a bike is exhilarating. While this mode of transport is fun, it is much more dangerous than automobile transportation. As a responsible pet owner it is critical the owner seek out, investigate, and purchase the safest gear available. From pet carries, trailers, side cars, goggles, and helmets there are multiple ways to safe guard your pet while still being able to enjoy the freedom of motorcycle travels. It is vital that motorcycle riders take this mode of transport serious. Using such machines poses such a higher risk it is critical to outfit you and your travel partner with the safest gear available.
If you must transport your pet by air, your first decision is whether you can take him or her on board with you, which is by far the best option. If your pet is a cat or small dog, most airlines will allow you to take the animal on board for an additional fee. To find out about this option, call the airline. Most airlines provide information about transporting pets with them.
If your pet must travel in the cargo hold, you can increase the chances of a safe flight for your pet by following these tips:
While on the boat, make sure your dog is under constant supervision, especially while the boat is moving. If your puppy or dog is a newcomer to the boat and to the water, take things slowly initially to allow your pet to adjust to the movement of the boat and to the noise of the engines. The goal is for your dog to enjoy the boating experience. If your pet is nervous or scared while on board, you may want to consider leaving him behind on shore next time. Not every dog will enjoy being on a boat.
No matter what size your dog, consider using a Personal (Pet) Flotation Device (PFD). There are quite a few companies that make them in varying sizes and specifications. It is important to properly size your dog so, bring him along when you purchase this safety item.
Some of you Labrador owners are thinking, "A PFD, for my dog?" My response is a simple, yes. No matter how good a swimmer your dog may be, a PFD can come in handy when a dog does not realize his true swimming limitations or accidentally falls overboard. Keep in mind that most, if not all PFD's for pets, are designed with a convenient handle on top that aids in lifting your dog out of the water under normal or emergency situations.
Another safety consideration on the boat with your dog is his footing. Remember, your dog is not wearing boat shoes, so a fiberglass boat can be challenging especially when wet. Provide better footing with a piece of carpet or a rubber mat. Also, a boat's surface can get quite hot on a dog's footpads, so check the deck's temperature often.
We all will agree to the fact that traveling by train is a cultural experience. Catching your train shouldn't be difficult or complicated, but you should know a few details ahead of time to make your trip more comfortable. Not only do you want to get a seat on the train - the right train - you want to ride safely and securely.