This week we will talk about the reality of restraint harnesses
The good news: More than 50% of us drive with our dog at least once a month. Many people consider pets to be part of the family and include them when going on errands or road trips.
The not so good news: Only 16% of us use some form of pet restraint when driving with pets, despite 83% of us agreeing that an unrestrained pet in a vehicle can be dangerous.
The Frightening truth
- Pets can become a distraction and all distractions can endanger driver, passenger (pet and human), and bystander safety.
- In an emergency situation, unrestrained pets can escape and become injured or cause a secondary accident.
- Unrestrained pets can delay emergency responders from gaining access to injured human passengers after an accident.
- Pets can become projectiles, potentially injuring themselves or human passengers. An unrestrained 80lb dog traveling in a vehicle at 30mph can yield over a ton of force (2400lbs) in a sudden stop or collision!
The Safety Blog column
A Crash Test Vacation with Max & Dukeby Debbie Glovatsky, GLOGIRLY.com
MAX: *whispers* Psssst…Hey Duke! Where are we??? Are we – is this….HEAVEN???
DUKE: Heaven!? What are you, CRAZY? This is Minneapolis.
MAX: WHOA! The last thing I remember, we were crashing into a cement wall. It was AWESOME!
DUKE: Max, you seriously need to take a break. You’re turning into a regular crash test dummy.Read More