If this isn’t enough reason to restrain your pet, think about this:
• Never change your technique right before performing a restraint on a pet.
Similar to small children, pets also tend to fall short of the average height and weight of typical adults. Because of this, pets can be similarly at risk of injury by an airbag in an auto accident, yet when it comes to required pet restraint systems, very few states acknowledge unrestrained animals' danger to drivers, passengers, and themselves.
84% of the pet owners in the AAA survey stated that they have driven with their pets on a variety of non-essential car trips, yet only 16% used, or regularly use, any type of pet-restraint safety system.
Please Restrain Your Pets Before You Arrive
Prices for these pet restrains start at $25, Spater said.
(LEONIA) – A cadre of cute canines stood tall today with motor vehicle officials and state Humane Law Enforcement Officers in urging motorists to not let their driving habits "go to the dogs" by properly restraining their pets in moving cars or face stiff fines, penalties and danger.(1) Airbags are made for people, not pets! Never allow your dog to ride in the front seat. Also a dog sitting on the driver’s lap could get stuck between the driver and the airbag. And front airbags can be deadly to a dog- even a dog that is restrained."You wouldn't put your child in the car unrestrained so you shouldn't put your pet in the car unrestrained either," said Col. Rizzo. "What people come to realize only too late is that animals act like flying missiles in an impact and can not only hurt themselves but hurt their human family members too." During the summer months in particular, the NJSPCA Officers will be checking for vehicles traveling to and from the shore areas to look for animals hanging out of windows or unleashed dogs traveling in the open back of pick-up trucks. New Jersey (along with CT, FL, CA, AZ and Maine) already have pet safety restraint laws in place, and more states are following. Fines of $250-1000.(2) Unrestrained pets become forceful projectiles in a crash. If you crash at 30MPH your 10 pound dog becomes a flying projectile exerting 300 pounds of force. At 50 MPH, 833 pounds of force! And thats a small dog!There are plenty of options for pet-restraint systems to keep Fido safe in the car. Most of these options are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most pet stores.