Earlier this year New Jersey passed a new law that requires dogs and cats to wear seat belts. Well, not exactly to be buckled up like you and I are when we drive in a car but rather to be safely restrained in a motor vehicle.
Even though I live in Pennsylvania, which has no such law, I’ve been buckling up my dog for a couple of years, even without the law in place. Why? A few years ago one of my neighbors was in a car accident. She likes to drive around with her two hounds in the front seat of her SUV. One day she drove off the road. Her seat belt and the air bag protected her. The dogs, who went flying into the windshield, weren’t so lucky.
When you think about it, restraining an animal in a car makes sense. If you don’t travel with your dog or cat in a crate, then a makeshift seat belt is the next best thing. I usually just click my dog’s leash into one of the back seat seat belts. I also have a safety harness that I use.
Another option is to buy a device made specifically for restraining animals, such as the Click N Stay steel clips that basically work like a belt to secure your animal in place. Right now, through one of my affiliate networks, you can buy one Click N Stay and get one free. In addition, you’ll get a free harness, great if you don’t already have one.