Unrestrained Pets Can Cause Car Accidents - Use a Car Seat

Distracted drivers caused 16 percent of fatal car accidents.

In recent years, there has been a lot of controversy over texting and driving. Texting and driving has directly caused countless car accidents, so states have been quickly implementing laws that restrict it and drivers have been trying to clean themselves of the bad habit. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 16 percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved distracted driving and nearly 448,000 passengers were injured. Currently, another debate has started about distracted drivers: whether or not a pet needs to be restrained.

Having an Unrestrained Pet is Dangerous
A good guard dog may actually scare off potential help during a car accident.

With car accidents being so prevalent, there is no need to increase your chances of injury or worse. For those that like to drive with their pet, you'll need to be extra careful.

  • Distractions - If your pet is roaming around the car, he/she will undoubtedly be distracting the driver. In a recent study conducted by AAA and Kurgo, nearly 52 percent of drivers with pets admitted to petting their animal while driving. Additionally, 18 percent admitted to reaching into the back seat to interact with their dog while driving!

  • Projectile - Dogs that are freely roaming throughout the car can add to the dangers of being in a car accident or even just from slamming on the brakes. In the same AAA/Kurgo report, it was stated that "An unrestrained 10 pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure."

  • Scare off help - If you do get in an accident, an unrestrained pet (especially a dog) may instinctively scare off a passer-by that is looking to help.
This Is Now the Law
The Lookout Car Seat would be the perfect tool to keep your pet safe and keep drivers from getting tickets.

5 years ago, there was a huge push to ban texting and driving. Now, this same initiative is being shown for restraining dogs. Many states are pushing for drivers to take the proper precautions (crate, dog car seat) while on the road. In fact, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, and New Jersey have already made it illegal for drivers to hold dogs on their laps while driving. The fines for this offense can range from 250-1000 dollars.

Currently, there has been a debate raging on in New Jersey about upping the ante when it comes to these laws. Recently, Assemblywoman Grace Spencer proposed a bill that would require pets to be secured in harnesses or in crates when being transported in a vehicle. Naturally, there has been a lot of debate about the issue, but if you sit and think about it, it just makes sense. It would increase road safety and even protect the animals in the same way that seatbelts have protected us.

As always, Pet Street Mall is here to help with any pet related problem. We carry all of the best pet supplies and pet car seats that will help to keep your pet safe.

By: Tim Snyder
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