When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they
cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop
quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of
restraining animals in cars.”
There has been some confusion about whether it can affect your car insurance if you are pulled over
by the police and found with your animal unrestrained. The Buxton Chronicle said that a fine of up to
£2500 can be issued; the Mirror newspaper spoke to Gocompare, who suggest that it could lead to
an invalidation of your car insurance, if an accident happens caused by an unrestrained animal
distracting the driver. But as it’s early days, thankfully the law hasn’t been tested.
What is clear is that pet owners will have to think ahead before travelling with, in particular, their
dogs. Cats mostly hate cars and can be found in a quivering heap in their travelling cat box; and it’s
normally an emergency trip rather than simply for pleasure.
Dogs on the other hand, love the joy of the ride with the prospect of uninterrupted time with you.
So we’ve got some solutions to help you carry on taking trips with your dog. Small dogs are best off
in a basket with a harness, attached to a seat belt. Larger dogs can wear a comfortable harness
which allows a regular seatbelt to act as the restraint. We’re stocking the Kurgo items in the
pictures. For those owners and dogs who prefer to ride in the boot, the recommendation is a pet net
barrier, which we should be stocking soon.
Safe driving everyone!