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Keeping Your Furry Friend Safe on the Road

Dog is a mans best friend and here at the JKH offices we have an array of different shapes, sizes and colourful personalities between our furry friends. Most of us, where we can, take our dogs away on trips, too, so a few of us were really surprised by the Dogs Trust surveys as well as others.

They showed that despite the fact that 69% of dog owners regularly take their dogs along for car, nearly half of those questioned on the survey (44% to be exact) didn’t know that dogs had, by law, to be restrained. It’s all listed under Rule 57 of the Highway Code, which we’ll go into later.

So if, like so many of us at JKH you’re a dog owner and want some ideas on how to keep your dog safe on a long journey in your VW, we’re here to help! 

To help keep dogs everywhere safe in the car, our friends at Travfurler are now stocking a series of EzyDog harnesses, which are ideal for use in the whole range of cars and campervans. Available for all sizes of dog, each harness is fully crash tested and fits your dog comfortably!

Their dog harnesses are fully crash tested and made from tough, long lasting materials which will resist car accidents and chewing from dogs.

Rule 57: 

It’s a little boring, but super important: driving with a dog in the car that isn’t properly secured could cost you your driving licence. It’s also incredibly dangerous for you and your four-legged friend.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states:

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. 

If you don’t secure your dog properly, then not only could you invalidate your insurance and lose your drivers license, but you could also risk their life and yours. 

Car insurance companies may even refuse to pay out on incidents where an unrestrained dog is involved, as it’s likely that the dog was a distraction and that the driver was in breach of Highway Code Rule 57, as above.

The police also seem to be clamping down on unrestrained dogs in cars, as it’s a real danger to the dog, the driver and any passengers. Being caught with an unsecured animal in a vehicle can result in up to 9 penalty points and a £2,500 fine.

Tips on Dogs in Cars: 
Here’s a few tips from the JK Team to help you make sure your dog enjoys a riding with you as much as you enjoy having them:

  • Make sure they’re properly restrained, ideally with crash tested product such as Ezydog Car Harness.
  • Give them one of their favourite toys or blankets, so they feel at home in the car
  • Don’t let them hang their heads out of the window. We all know they love doing it, but it can be dangerous and will show that they are not properly secure.
  • Don’t feed them for a couple of hours before a long journey. This will help lessen the risk of car sickness.
  • Always carry fresh water with you, dogs can easily overheat in cars. We love these pet travel water bottles which are perfect for pets on the go. On a very hot day or a long journey a cooling jacket can also help to keep their temperature controlled.

For more great products for active pets and owners check out Travfurlers range of products here.