As tempting as it might be to let your dog lean out of the window and enjoy the fresh air during a drive, it’s a dangerous way to transport a pet. Whenever you need to take your pet somewhere in a car, you’re best advised to put the cat or dog in a special carrier, as that is much safer for both you and your pet.
If your pet’s safety doesn’t worry you, then think about your own well-being: Imagine a 20kg dog hurtling towards you or another passenger at 50km per hour. A crash at that speed translates to the dog’s impact weighing around one ton.
That will probably end fatally for the dog – and potentially for you.
The best type of box to transport is one that is small enough to fit in the footwell behind the front seats, as that is the safest place for them.
But if you have a larger dog or cat, then it’s safest to put the bigger box in the boot, where it should be positioned right against the back bench, and never in the direction of travel. That way, the animal will be in the most secure position in case of an accident.
You can also get special straps that stabilise the box even more. Also make sure the carrier has the most stable bars possible, as they could spring open in an accident, and your pet could try and run out into traffic in a panic. Ultimately, this could make the situation even more dangerous.
When you are transporting your pet, you should know about the laws where you live: in many places, animals count as cargo, and therefore have to be fastened securely, or you could face penalties. – dpa