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Travelling with your pet has become more and more common as families are not wanting to leave their four-legged friends behind. There are so many things to think about when planning a journey, and for those taking their pets along with them, there are more things to take into consideration.
We don’t think twice about travelling without wearing our seatbelts so why should we forget about our pets? A dog harness attached to the seat belt is a way of ensuring their safety, or travelling in the boot, but make sure you remember to remove the parcel shelf.
Pet carriers and/or crates are also another safe option for your pets while travelling and can help those who are nervous travellers.
Safety is paramount; the Highway Code states animals should be suitability restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves.
While going against the Highway Code does not carry a penalty in itself, drivers could face a fine of up to £1,000 for driving without proper control of their pets distract them while behind the wheel.
However, this could be stepped up, as almost two-thirds of UK motorists are unaware that driving with an unrestrained pet is classified as careless driving and can face fines of up to £5,000, as well as 9 points on your licence if the case goes to court. In the more extreme cases, it may result in a driving ban and a compulsory re-test.
According to research by Confused.com, more than 50% of drivers with pets do not realise letting their pet loose in the car may also invalidate their insurance.
The study found 1 in 10 drivers has had an accident while travelling in the car with a pet or know someone who has.
Here are some handy tips to ensure you and your four-legged friends enjoy a stress-free experience:
Date Created: 24/06/2021