Vehicle Safety for Pets 101: What You Should Know

 In Pet Care

Whether going on a road trip or just running errands, it’s always more fun with your pets. But vehicle safety for pets isn’t just about keeping them safe it’s about keeping you safe too.

According to the pet advocacy organization BarkBuckleUp, a 60-pound dog in a vehicle going 35 mph can turn into a 2,700-pound projectile in case of an accident. So it would be best if you took safety precautions with your pet to keep them and you safe.

A regular seat belt won’t fit most pets, but they make pet seat belts and harnesses. They also stop your dog from sticking their head out of the window (they love it, but it’s pretty dangerous.) This guide will give you some vehicle safety for pets.

Getting a pet harness seat belt

Best for dogs, the pet harness slides through your seat belt and keeps your pet protected. Keep an eye on them occasionally to ensure they aren’t trying to get out of the harness.


Pet carriers are not ideal for long trips but make sure to take plenty of breaks. The carrier works best with small animals and makes sure they are safe while transporting them. Consumer reports suggest the Sleepypod Air for travel as one of the best carriers tested.

Prepare a travel kit.

Make sure you have everything your pet could need in one place. For example, their favorite toy, food, fresh water, and whatever medication your pet will need. That way, if your pet needs anything during the trip, you’ll know exactly where to get it.

Make sure your pet has identification.

It’s bad enough when your pet runs away from home, but when you open the door at the wrong time and your pet leaps out, it’s a nightmare. Ensure your pet is microchipped and wears a collar with your name and phone number on it.

How we can help

We can’t keep your pet safe in a vehicle, but if you need us for any of your other pet safety needs, Andes-Straley has you covered; click here for more information and more tips on vehicle safety for pets.