The UK is a nation of dog lovers, and frequent journeys in the car with their pet are common for many motorists. Ensuring safe practices are followed is important to protect vehicle occupants, and make motoring more enjoyable for all.
There are no laws relating to carrying dogs in cars, but common sense should always be followed. In SUVs, estates and hatchbacks, the boot is the most suitable place for your dog to be kept when travelling, as long as there is enough space for them to sit comfortably. A dog cage will prevent your pet moving around and potentially causing a hazardous distraction. If this isn't possible, a dog guard between the rear bench and boot will stop them climbing onto the seats.
In any model where your pet needs to sit on the back or front seat, an appropriate seatbelt harness is most suitable to keep them secured. This is especially important to stop them roaming freely around the cabin, and will also protect them should you need to break suddenly.
Finally, when you've reached your destination or if you need to stop at the side of the road, remember to keep a hold on your dog's lead firmly as they leave the car to stop them causing a distraction to other road users.
Whenever you need more driving advice or tips on how to travel safely with your pet, speak with your nearest Lookers dealership team.