We as Americans have been buckling up for years. The proper use of lap and shoulder belts have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat car occupants by at least 40-45 percent, while reducing the risk of moderate to critical injury by at least 50 percent. Research has shown that non- belted rear seat passengers increase the the death rate of front seat passengers by at least 5 times. When we get into the car we buckle up ourselves and children to ensure all passengers are safely, or do we? Do you do the same for your pets?
With more and more pets traveling cats and dogs are suffering severe injuries from not being properly restrained. A pet that is not properly restrained in a car is a danger to itself and other passengers in the car. Even the best behaved pet travelers can overly excited or frightened while riding in the car. This kind of behavior can very easily distract the driver, causing an accident. A pet that is unrestrained pet can become a flying object in the event of a sudden stop or accident a fetal danger to the pet and other passengers in the vehicle. Sadly, instances of pets being thrown through the windshield are all too common in severe accidents.
The dangers are more likely than one may think. A vehicle involved in an accident traveling at only 30 mph can cause a 15 pound child to create quite an impact of 675 pounds.
Responsible pet owners need to take heed of the dangers of the dangers of unrestrained pets. Many pet owners do not believe restraint is necessary for around town travels like the post office, pet store, or bank. However, this is when most accident occur. Another important consideration is that in the event, of an accident, a frightened pet may run out into traffic, while rescue workers enter the vehicle to assist passengers. Or it may attack those who are trying to help.
Let us do what is right for our pets. They are members of our family and their safety is our duty.