Friday, February 4, 2011

"Buckle UP" for Your Pets, Too!

There’s a “Be Smart Ride Safe” program that I read about recently online. The program is designed to educate people about the dangers associated with having an unrestrained pet in your car if there were an accident. If you’ve ever been in an automobile accident, you know that you don’t have a lot of control once another car is coming towards you or, up from behind, and hits you. If you have a pet in the car, they can become injured when they are not restrained. Even if you are only driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds as he slams into a car seat, windshield or passenger. Another danger is if rescue workers have to rescue you and your pet hinders their progress by acting aggressively towards them. As you know, when animals are scared, they may bite someone. So, for your safety and your pet’s safety, please transport them in a crate, put a seatbelt (designed specifically for pets) on them or, use any of the other commercially approved means of restraining them during travel that you are comfortable with. For more information about this program, please click here.

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