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How to Travel Safely with Dogs

Travelling long distances with dogs in your car requires extra planning and management for your safety and the safety of the dogs. In this article, Tyres Northampton are going to explain how you can travel safely with dogs in your car.

  • Restraints

There are a number of reasons that you should use pet-friendly restraints when travelling in a car with dogs. Firstly, restraints will help to keep the dog safe should you be involved in a collision, and secondly, they will stop your dog from jumping around and distracting you as you drive. 

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that “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.”

Driving with a pet that isn’t properly restrained can be classed as ‘dangerous driving’. If you cause an accident due to being distracted by an unrestrained dog in your car, you may be disqualified from driving or even sent to prison.

  • Driving with small dogs

If you have a small dog, then you’ll find that using a crate is a good way to restrain them during a journey. Make sure the crate is reasonably sized for the dog, and then secure the crate in the seat with a seatbelt, or ensure it’s secure in the boot and won’t slide around. 

pug in car

  • Driving with big dogs

Big dogs are safest when in their own harness which is strapped to the seat, or in a large crate in the boot of the car. The former is the better option when boot space is at a premium. 

dog in a car at sunset

  • Regular stops

If you’re attempting a longer journey with your dog, then it’s important to stop regularly to let your four-legged friend have a drink, stretch their legs and relieve themselves – nobody wants to have to clean the mess out of the boot of the car. 

  • Increasing journey length

Your dog may struggle if its first car journey is a 6 hour cross-country trip. If you have a long drive pencilled in, get your dog used to the car by taking it on shorter journeys, gradually increasing the length until they’re used to long spells on the road. 

  • Keep the car ventilated

Whether it’s by using the air conditioning or keeping the window open as you drive, it’s crucial that you allow your dog to get a source of cool air to stop them from getting too hot in the car. 

dog with had out of window







By following the above steps, you can ensure a safe, comfortable journey for you, your dog and your passengers. From restraints to regular breaks, these are simple but very important actions to take when travelling with a dog.

Tyres Northampton provide the highest quality tyres for vehicles of all kinds. From hatchbacks to 4x4s, we supply and install tyres from the world’s leading brands, offering a long-lasting solution to suit any budget. For more information, please contact us today.


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