How to keep your dog safe in the car

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23 June 2020
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Most dog owners know about looking after their dogs when travelling by car – the common sense advice about hot weather, water, and regular exercise stops.

Why do pets need to be restrained in the car?

Where there is some catching up to be done is in proper crash-tested safety, which starts with the realisation that even at 30mph a dog will fly forward and hit the first solid object it meets with a force equivalent to 25 times its own weight.  It's therefore essential – and it’s also the law – for dogs to be properly restrained when travelling in vehicles.

Crash-tested cages for the car boot

4pets of Switzerland is right at the forefront of innovation in crash-tested dog cages.  Their PRO cage range has a patented high-tech rear panel that flexes when it’s hit; it absorbs and then releases the kinetic energy in a controlled way so as to give the dog every possible chance of surviving a crash, whether the impact is from the front or from the back of the vehicle. All parts of 4pets PRO cages are designed to be both user-friendly and dog-friendly, based around an aluminium frame with fibreglass-reinforced plastic corners, with the sides and roof made from laminated fibreboard that won’t get too cold in winter or too hot in summer.

Crash-tested car carriers which fit to the car seats

4pets also has a crash-tested system for carrying smaller dogs on car seats.  Caree is designed for small dogs up to 8kg and is fixed in place with a seat belt or – a really quick and easy system - into the car’s ISOFIX hooks, the system designed for child car seats.  There’s an access door on each side, so it can be used on any seat, and it’s cleverly designed to include fabric parts where possible, making it lighter to carry, and gentler on the car seats. 

To learn more about keeping your pet safe in the car, visit www.travellingwithpets.co.uk