You and your pet might be inseparable. Or perhaps you’re leaving the house for a longer period than usual on this occasion. In any case, you may want to take the dog with you on your travels.
There is certainly no law against this and both you and your dog may appreciate the company. Nonetheless, if you are going to travel with your pet companion, then it is important to do so safely. Dogs can be a driving hazard, and here’s why;
Risk of distraction
As an animal lover, have you ever tried ignoring a pooch that is right next to you? This can be very challenging, even when in your vehicle. You may be tempted to offer a quick stroke or have a quick scratch of their ear. You might just be checking to see if they are ok.
Either way, your pet is a notable source of distraction. Even if you are managing to focus on the road, your pet doesn’t understand the importance of this. They might break loose and jump all over you, accidentally interfere with the gear lever or handbrake or end up on the floor space where your brake pedal is. If you are traveling with a pet, make sure that they are securely restrained and able to behave appropriately for a potentially hazardous journey.
Risks if you do crash
If you do end up in an accident, then your dog could be injured. Not only that, even if your dog remains unharmed, it can become a danger to you. If your dog is a smaller breed, it will feel a lot heavier if they strike you during a collision. If your dog is not restrained, then it essentially becomes a loose object during a crash and the force generated could be enough to cause you serious harm.
While you are perfectly entitled to travel with your pet, be sure to protect yourself in the process by using a harness or a crate. Other drivers, unfortunately, may not be so cautious. If you have been injured during a road traffic collision, there may be a route to legal compensation open for you.