Keeping Pets Safe During Car Travel

Traveling with your dog this Labor Day weekend?  The car company Volvo has released a report on keeping your pets safe while on the road.

The report is based on a survey of pet owners conducted with the Harris Poll organization.  Not surprisingly, the results show that Americans love to take their pets—especially dogs—on the road with them.

While we love to travel with our dogs (even more than with family members in many cases!) we do have some concerns about pets in cars.  This is especially true of millennials.

The survey found that pet owners will often leave their dogs at home due to safety concerns.

One of the biggest pet safety risks outlined in the report is unrestrained pets riding in cars.  Studies have found that loose pets in the car lead to distracted driving and other unsafe driving behaviors.

The report notes that many drivers would like to see built-in dog safety features in their cars.  Volvo describes the pet safety accessories they offer, including harnesses, gates, dividers, and protective grilles.

In the market for a new, dog-friendly car?  Check out these recommendations from Autotrader.