Dogs nowadays are no longer looked at simple guards to look after your house perimeters, they are part of your family and they can be the best loving companions.
As they play a major role in our daily activities and lives we tend to take them with us whenever possible: shopping (for those countries and places who allow this), restaurants, holidays, and for a few lucky people who can afford that, at work.
The main mean of transport remains our cars.
In our vehicles, regardless of them being cars or vans, we must carry children in appropriate restraint from birth until either they are 4’5″(1.35cm) or 12 years old, whichever comes first, whilst wearing a seatbelt is compulsory for adults.
Obviously, the main reason why we must adopt these precautions is our safety. The consequences due to our lack of compliance can be incredibly harmful, and in worst cases can cause death.
The second reason is avoiding fines. Drivers who don’t use the right child restraint can be fined £60 and three penalty points. Drivers and passengers who don’t wear a seat belt can be fined up to £500, regardless if they are sitting on the front or rear of any vehicle unless they are medically exempt.
But what about our dogs? What is the law all drivers must respect to protect our furry friends, avoid being fined and keeping our driving license clean?
Rule 57 of the highway code clearly states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
Fines can reach £ 5 000 in worst cases. Click the following government link for accurate details: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-about-animals-47-to-58
Let’s take a deep look at each option the UK government allows to restrain our dogs safely:
Seat belt harness: This is the most basic form of protection that can be used to protect our dogs’ safety. Be aware of applying the harness around their chest rather than simply on their collar as the latter could cause major neck injuries or strangulation as a result of a sudden break. The harness should be tight (but not too tight to avoid blood blocking in their circulation) to prevent the risk of having your dog flying around the cabin, however in severe accidents dogs may break their rib cage or severely strain their muscles
Pet carrier: This is probably the safest mean of transport if it is properly blocked in our vehicles but not all dogs are happy to be restricted so much, it is after all a cage. It can also work better for smaller dogs but much less for bigger ones. As weight and dimensions increase it will be harder to carry them or move them around.
Dog cage/Dog guard: These are our favourites. Dog partitions will restrain our dogs in a limited area, usually in the boot, whilst respecting their space. They will be able to turn easily, watch everything around them. Transporting our dogs in the rear of our cars or our boot is also safer for both drivers and passengers, as it would avoid any collision between all parties.
Our dog partition is Made in Italy and manufactured respecting high safety standards.
Price is highly competitive, the installation is simple and user friendly and adaptable for almost all car and van models.
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