Keep Your Pets Safe on your Summertime Road Trip
Summer often signals the start of road-trip season. The time when you play trunk-Tetris with luggage, and pack the family in the car for a fun trip full of ice cream, swimming, and adventure. But does your family include four-legged members? Here are some tips on how to keep them safe on your journey.
Turn off the power windows
The switch that controls your windows can be easily activated with a paw. While some pets like to stick their head out the window, others may become over-excited, and see it as a way to escape a moving vehicle. If you're unsure how to turn them off, your owner's manual will instruct you
Bring a bowl, and water
Just like humans, pets need something to drink on a long road trip. Stash a large bottle of water, and a bowl in your car, and give them a drink whenever you stop for breaks. In a pinch, you can pour water into cupped hands if you have forgotten the bowl.
Use a crate that is crash-tested
When traveling, crates are the safest option for your dog. The Center for Pet Safety, has a list of top performing crates and carriers on their website. You can even add crash bags inside the crate for extra protection.
Take your pet with you on breaks, and roadside attractions
You may be tempted to leave Fido in the car as you scope out the world's largest ball of twine, or Wall Drug, but remember summer time temperatures, and your pet do not mix in the car. Even at fairly mild temperatures, the inside of your car can rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit within 30 minutes.