Is Your Pet a Driving Distraction?
Pets are a common driving distraction. Unrestrained cats and dogs inside a car can be just as distracting as swatting an insect or changing the radio station.
In the event of a crash, an unrestrained pet can become a serious hazard to everyone. In a 35-mile-per-hour accident, an unrestrained 60 pound dog will carry the force of a 2,700 pound projectile when they are sent flying. Additionally, they are more likely to be harmed or even thrown from a vehicle in even minor fender benders.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, dogs don’t have to be locked up in a carrier to keep them safe while traveling in a car. A restraining harness can be purchased from a pet store. There are several products to protect traveling pets including mobile pet beds and dog seat belts.
Cats are typically best kept in a pet carrier since they are uncomfortable riding in a car or being restrained.
To find out more about pets and distracted driving, visit: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/pets-and-distracted-driving/
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