With almost 78 million dogs in the U.S., it’s astounding that a whopping 80% of them ride unrestrained in vehicles. Pet travel is on the rise and pet owners are now starting to take pet passenger safety seriously — and so is law enforcement.
Unrestrained pets in a vehicle can be just as distracting as texting while driving, so this is a serious concern for all drivers on the road. (Source: American Pet Products Association.) Our dog model, Jasper, simulates one mistake we'll point out - allowing an unrestrained dog making his way to the front seat of this 2015 Subaru Outback.
So let's see what other mistakes are unfortunately typical when driving in cars with dogs.
Written by: Lindsey Wolko, Founder, Center for Pet Safety.
All CPS pet safety research was funded by Subaru of America, Inc.