With the hottest week of the summer upon us, it’s important to remember your pets’ needs as well as your own. GEM is urging motorists to take special care of pets when travelling and make sure they are properly hydrated, cool and safely secured.
As UK holidays become increasingly popular, we expect to see even more animals being taken on long journeys. So this summer, to ensure your dog is cool throughout the journey, make sure they have enough air, water and space and do not leave them in the car alone for even a short period of time in hot weather, even with a window open.
GEM believes that safety of dogs in cars does not get the attention it deserves and that’s why the road safety company is also warning drivers about the dangers of driving with an unrestrained dog. As mentioned on Daybreak earlier this week, huge numbers of accidents are caused by dogs travelling in cars without proper harnesses.
Former Eastenders actor Todd Carty appeared on the show to talk about introducing laws making it compulsory for dogs to wear seat belts.
It may look sweet when you see man’s best friend sticking their head out the window, wind blowing back the ears, tongue lolling, nose up taking in all the smells, but the dangers are extremely high. An unrestrained average-sized dog weighing around 50lbs would be thrown forward with a force equivalent to almost nine 12 stone men if you were to have an impact, even when travelling just 30 miles an hour. Not only could a single impact see your pooch injured, or even dead, the other human passengers are also at risk.
To avoid this horrible situation, there are several types of dog car safety belts and harnesses so you can travel safely with your hound. If your dog already wears a harness type collar, then there is a simple safety belt that attaches to your dog’s harness and the car seat belt and costs around £7. A dog car seat harnes cost around £12 – £20 depending on the size of your dog, a small price to pay for their safety. So make sure you’re strapped in for a safe ride this summer and look after yourself and your four legged friend.