As a legal assistant specializing in personal injury law for the past 27+ years, I’m acutely aware of bad driving practices on the road. Without fail, injuries are caused because someone wasn’t paying attention to traffic patterns, road conditions and/or traffic signals. Short of a boulder falling off a mountain, there are no “accidents” when it comes to people, vehicles and inattentive driving. It literally takes just the blink of an eye to change someone’s life and health forever.
While running errands yesterday, I saw several vehicles with dogs riding in the front seat next to their owner or pacing the full length of the back seat. And — I have to admit — I’ve been known to toss a dog on the front seat and make the straight-shot, 5-minute drive to my vet/grooming facility. However, after watching the slow motion videos from the Center for Pet Safety, that practice is hereby discontinued. Permanently. These videos are part of a study on pet restraint systems and how effective they are in an automobile collision.
Please take a moment to read the short article and view the videos in the link below …
Now imagine a dog with no restraint system in a collision. Imagine a small dog on the front seat with airbags deployed (at 200 mph) in a collision. Imagine a dog hanging over the door as in the above photo (convertible or not). From here on out, my dogs will always ride crated in the back of the vehicle with the crate secured in some fashion … no matter how short the trip.