Summer is here (yes, it is, that rain is only temporary!) and you've booked your staycation. But there's one more thing to be done - if you want to travel safely with your family dog this holiday, please remember to consider their needs and safety when setting out on a road trip.
We're all used to strapping our seatbelts on when driving, it's become second nature, but what about restraining our pets properly and safely when taking them on board? It's important for your pet and for your other passengers to have your family pet safely restrained.
A pet seatbelt or harness can stop cats and dogs from wandering around in the back seat. A crate or carrier is another alternative, but make sure your pet can stand up, sit down and turn around inside it.
Dog guards placed across the rear luggage compartment are another
way of stopping your pet from becoming a distraction whilst you are
driving. Animals are unpredictable and a stray dog or cat jumping into
the driver's footwell or blocking the view in front or behind could be
We have a range of genuine accessories across our brands which can be fully fitted by our technicians to the manufacturer's specifications.
Check out Škoda's pet accessory packs following their sponsorship of Crufts in 2023.
The law, in the form of the Highway Code, states the following:
"Rule 57 - When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars."
You could be pulled over for driving without due care and
attention if you don't restrain your pet and could get points on your
Remember too that your car insurance and pet insurance can be affected if you do not restrain your pet sufficiently and it causes an accident, or if the pet is injured and needs treatment.
It's wise to get your pet used to your car from a young age so that they are not afraid of the car and perceive car journeys as a positive thing. Remember that animals can get car-sick as well as humans. Try not to feed your dog immediately before travel. Vets can provide travel sickness medication if necessary.
Just like us, dogs need to stretch their legs and take a break, so factor in a comfort stop for everyone, including your pet, on longer journeys. Take water to give them a refreshing drink and remember to keep them cool with air conditioning or opening windows ajar to keep the temperature bearable during the journey.
Most importantly do remember that pets can overheat very quickly if left in a closed car. There have been several media campaigns to highlight this problem, so do please be vigilant.
When living at home, your pet probably has habits and rules that the family have learned to live with. When travelling in your car, try to keep the same discipline. For example:
It's International Dog Day on 26th August and our colleagues at ŠKODA UK have recommended their top tips for driving with a dog in the car.
Watch the video to see some cute pooches illustrating these points!
ŠKODA have teamed up with BorrowMyDoggy to highlight dog safety.
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