Traveling is always fun and exciting but if you are a pet lover you know that at times, traveling with your dog can be a challenge. Different states have various rules regarding the safe travel with pets and it is always best to know which apply to your state before hitting the open road. Below we have put together some helpful tips to ensure that you and your furry friend stay safe when hitting the open road.
Some important law / laws –
- A fine ranging from $250 – $1000 can occur if for example if the police see the pet traveling in an inappropriate manner.
- Driving with a dog is fine, but on your lap is not fine! Hawaii law seriously condemns it.
- Never leave any pet in the car unattended.
- There are few rules under the category of distracted driving violations and if the pet is the reason for any crashes it is covered under above law.
Laws protect to the best possible way be it a human or a pet. But, it is the individual’s responsibility as well to be associated to protect the pet in all aspects. Few of them are –
Usage of crates which are crash-tested, durable and liable to all quality testing guide lines as well as dog safety assurance is suggestible. This can help your dog’s exposure to air, safety and protected drives.
Driving is fun but with a break at regular intervals. While traveling with a dog, the rules change, because unlike humans dogs cannot give a consistent behavior at all times on a long drive. So, it is better to take a break at every 3 – 4 hours and give the dog some fresh air to breathe and stretch.
Power windows – Turn it off!
The disadvantage of power windows while traveling with dogs is that they can easily open it with / without knowledge by the touch of their paw. So, it is always good to turn it off. Also, not all dogs are calm and subtle; some energetic dogs can jump from a running car or get choked between the windows.
Water and bowl –
As humans we can control some requirements while on drive but it is not the same situation with dogs. Don’t wait till you reach the next supermarket for a water bottle and food for your dog. It is a better choice to carry bottle of water and the regular food that your doggy needs.
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