Every year, thousands of pets are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. While some of these incidents might have been beyond our control, many could have been prevented.
Follow these important tips, to you keep you and your dog safe and comfortable when travelling in the car.
Make sure your pet is microchipped and their collar is up to date with their council registration tag, name and phone number.
A loose pet is a danger to you and your dog. Every year, tens of thousands of dogs are injured or killed in car-related incidents. Some jump unexpectedly from open windows, while others are projected during accidents. If you don’t plan to crate your dog during your trip (recommended for small dogs), these items are essential for safe driving with your dog:
It is also a good idea to prevent your pet from travelling with their head out of the car. Even though some pets love to ride with the wind in their face there are many dangers of doing so, including dangerous flying objects and also the possibility that they may jump from the car whilst it is moving.
Speak with your veterinarian to see which of these products they recommend for your pet, based on their condition and size.
Cage or tether your dog at all times if they travel in the back of utes, tray backs or trucks. This stops a dog from falling out or injuring itself, and fulfils your legal obligation to make sure your dog is safe.
The safest way to transport a dog in the back of an open vehicle is in an enclosed cage.
Ensure the cage is:
When tethering your dog to the back of the ute, ensure that the lead or chain:
To avoid heat stress, provide sufficient shelter for the dog, including:
Loose tools and equipment can become missiles in transit and may seriously injure your dog.
Leads with attached choker chains can strangle dogs when vehicles brake suddenly. Don't use them.
Ensure your dog is well-hydrated and comfortable. NEVER leave a dog in a hot car, and be sure their space is well-ventilated. If your dog is in a crate, be sure they has plenty of room to turn, stand, and move. To avoid car sickness don’t feed your dog immediately before the trip, or in a moving car.
Be sure to reward your dog with a nice treat, a belly rub, or a new toy, then take a nice long walk to stretch your legs and theirs.
For tips on holidays and long distance car rides with your pet, visit: