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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Driving with Pets

Most people wouldn’t think twice about grabbing their pet and taking them for a ride in the car to run some errands or to visit friends and family. However, with an increased focus on distracted driving and overall driving safety, there is growing concern about pet safety in the car.

“Many people overlook the potential distraction that a pet can be, especially if they are loose in your vehicle. They can distract you from the road, impair your vision, and even attempt to climb on you while driving,” states Achiel Goossens, Senior Manager of Auto Claims with Aviva Canada. “This is why pet safety in cars is so important. Properly securing your pet will ensure both you and your pet are safe.”

There are a number tips that drivers can follow to ensure their pet is safe and secure when they go for a ride in the car. They include:

• Don’t let your pets run loose in the car.
• Don’t let your dog hang its head outside the window.
• Secure your pets using a pet friendly seat belt or safety harness.
• Small pets should be crated at all times.
• Avoid letting your pets sit on your lap when driving.
• Never leave your animal in the car unattended, especially in the summer months.
• Consider installing a dog barrier in your vehicle if you have a hatchback, van or SUV.

Properly securing your pets and insuring they are safe in the car before you hit the road will give you one less distraction that you have to worry about on the road. There are already enough things that require your attention on the road, and you pet should not be one of them.

This article is for general informational purposes only. More detailed information is available from your insurance broker.

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