Car care for your pet

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist

Keeping cool in the car can be a challenge for everyone during the hottest weeks of the year, but it’s vital that pets don’t overheat either, warns GEM. The award-winning breakdown cover company and road safety charity is offering safety advice for those travelling with a pet in the car this summer.

CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, David Williams MBE comments: “Entertaining children and passengers is often key to surviving a long car journey, but pets must be kept comfortable and happy too. Particularly as we experience dry weather, the heat can have a harmful affect on animals. Ensuring that they are properly hydrated, cool, and safely secured while in the car will help to pacify your pet. If not, an unrestrained or restless animal could distract the driver and cause a lapse of concentration or, worse, an accident.”

To keep you and your pet passengers safe while you’re driving, GEM offers the following car care tips for travelling with a pet:

  1. Safety harness – a harness can be attached to a fastened seatbelt, and goes securely around your dog’s chest, back and shoulders. Ideal for medium or large sized dogs
  2. Pet carriers – best for small dogs, cats and other pets, secure the carrier in place using one of the seatbelts or safely in the foot-well
  3. Travel cage or crate – this type of pet carrier is most suited to larger dogs and pets
  4. Familiar scents – place a self-scented piece of material in the carrier with your pet to help keep them calm and relaxed
  5. Take the lead – especially when getting your dog in and out of the car, stay in control and keep it on its lead 
  6. Fluid levels – keep plenty of water on board so that your pet remains hydrated throughout the journey

Access GEM’s further information on Pets in Cars