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Restrain Your Pet-Restraint Systems Explained

Are you “driving drunk” with your pet loose in the car? Gainesville and Ocala Accident Attorney explains the various types of pet restrain systems.

You probably wouldn’t pound shots of tequila before getting behind the wheel, but would you let Fido sit on your lap?

Statistics show that driving with your pet could be as deadly as driving under the influence of alcohol. As an experienced accident attorney, I urge you to properly secure your pet before taking the wheel to eliminate distractions while driving. Plus, remember that anything unsecured, including a pet, may become a missile in a crash.

Experts recommend using car barriers, carriers, or restraint devices to secure pets while driving. To properly secure your pet, try one of the following restraint systems:

  1. Seat Belt Restraint: Some experts argue that a seat belt-harness system is the safest option for you and your pet passenger. Seat belt systems are fitted to the size of your animal and attach to your vehicle’s seat belt system.
  2. Carrier: If you choose a carrier, make sure it is the correct size for your animal, so your pet is comfortable and won’t be jostled around. Secure the carrier with a seat belt or hooks and bungee cords if transported in the back of a suv. This may be the best option for a cat or small pet passenger.
  3. Safety Barriers: These may be installed in two areas: between the trunk and back seat or between the front and back seat. These keep your dog from being projected toward you in an accident and from distracting you while driving. While a barrier may not protect your dog, it will likely protect vehicle occupants.
  4. Booster Seat: A booster seat is a good option for small dogs weighing up to 40 pounds. This device is generally secured by a seat belt and prevents small dogs from being jostled.

Overall, it seems seat belt restraints will likely best protect you and your pet passenger while driving.

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