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Make Sure Rover Isn't a Driving Distraction
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Make Sure Rover Isn't a Driving Distraction


(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

By Glenn Cooper

Most people don't think twice about grabbing their pet and taking it for a ride in the car, to run some errands or to visit friends and family. However, with an increased focus on distracted driving and overall driving safety, there is growing concern about pets in the car.

“Many people overlook the potential distraction that a pet can be, especially if they are loose in your vehicle,” says Achiel Goossens, senior manager of auto claims with Aviva Canada. “They can distract you from the road, impair your vision and even attempt to climb on you while driving. This is why properly securing your pet in the car is so important.”

Here are some helpful tips as good guideline:

• Don't let your pets run loose in the car.

• Don't let your dog hang its head outside the window.

• Secure your pets using a pet friendly seat belt or safety harness.

• Small pets should be crated at all times.

• Avoid letting your pets sit on your lap when driving.

• Never leave your animal in the car unattended, especially in the summer months.

• Consider installing a dog barrier in your vehicle if you have a hatchback, van or SUV.

Family circumstances vary, so the tips above are for general purposes only. If you have insurance questions, be sure to consult your broker.

Properly securing your pets and insuring they are safe in the car before you hit the road will give you one less distraction that you have to worry about on the road. There are already enough things that require your attention on the road, and your pet should not be one of them. 

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

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