Each year millions of drivers hit the open road, traveling to destinations across the country. Riding alongside many of these drivers is their much beloved pet. Traveling with your pet can be a fun experience for everyone, however there are certain safety measures that should be in place to ensure road trips end safely and with everyone in one piece. The folks at Honda in Baltimoreknow how much we love our family pets and offer the following tips for people traveling with their pets.
Identification tags- Before you leave your driveway, Maryland Honda recommends you make sure traveling pets have the proper tags for identification, vaccines and license. There are dozens of ways in which an animal can become lost while traveling. Identification tags can help reunite missing pets with their owners. Proof of vaccination can also thwart potential problems if your pet is involved in a biting incident.
Only drivers behind the wheel- Who hasn’t witnessed an individual driving with their pet on their lap? It is not an uncommon sight, however it is a dangerous one. It doesn’t matter how calm or predictable you think your pet is, they are still an animal. Animals react instinctively making it impossible to know with a certainty how they will behave. Pets riding in the laps of drivers are simply a distraction and potential hazard under certain conditions. For the safety of the pet and other occupants of the vehicle, invest in a pet carrier or pet harness to properly secure your animal.
Restrain your pets- For the safety of pets, family member and strangers, always have your pet properly restrained. Always attach a leash before getting out of the car and wait until all doors are closed before unleashing a pet. Baltimore Honda dealers remind drivers that animals not properly restrained have an increased risk of getting lost, hit by a car or involved in an incident with strangers. The most mild mannered pooch can get aggressive if they feel threatened in a strange environment. By making sure your animal is under your control at all times, you guarantee their safety and the safety of others.
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