Super Smiley’s Top 10 Car and Travel Safety Tips

Super Smiley, blog dog here, with the news that we dogs love to go in the car with our people! We love to sit in the front seat, paw and lick our people and hang our heads out the windows and smell the world! But, with pets, we’ve learned this isn’t the safest way to roll. In working on this dilemma, I’ve learned that safe pet travel can still be way fun for us dogs. We just have to know what to do to be in the safest spot and how to behave!

This is so important that big companies like State Farm are working to help people travel safely with their pets. They even let Megan and me do a safe pet travel video for them! Check it out after you read our tips here!

Super Smiley, you are such a good ambassador for safe pet travel! Megan here now with some pet travel info that woke me up!

According to the American Automobile Association, pet distractions from unrestrained pets in cars lead to approximately 30,000 car accidents each year. And an unrestrained pet in a car collision essentially turns into an airborne missile. So a 10-pound dog in an accident at 50 miles per hour will impact with roughly 500 pounds of pressure, and an unrestrained 80-pound dog like Super Smiley in a fender-bender at only 30 miles per hour will exert 2,400 pounds of pressure.

So what do we do?

We create for them the safest place to sit, just like we do with our human family.

  1. First, be sure your pet is comfortable and calm while riding in the car. If they’re having trouble with this, take them on very short rides down the block and give them treats. If they’re still agitated you can work with a trainer who can help train your pet to sit calmly, which will minimize distractions while you’re driving.
  2. Make sure your pet is comfortably and securely restrained in the car, as when people wear a seatbelt. Your pet can use a pet safety harness tethered securely to the seat or a travel crate secured in place. (See our pet travel video at the link below.)
  3. The back seat or an SUV “way back” is his friend! Never let your pet sit in the front seat because if the air bag deploys it could be devastating.
  4. Keep heads inside the car. Pets love to smell that air whishing by, but flying debris could be devastating! Teach them to ride with heads inside.
  5. Never leave your pet alone in the car, especially in the heat!

Here are five more safe pet travel tips that if not needed will probably never enter your mind, but if they are needed, they could help divert a life or death disaster.

  1. Bring a list of 24-hour emergency vets in the area you will be visiting, so if there is an emergency you don’t waste valuable time searching for a veterinarian.
  2. Take along her microchip information and number in case she gets lost.
  3. Pack copies of a printed photo of your pet in case she gets lost.
  4. Leave your emergency contact at the hotel front desk in case something happens to you, and your pet needs to be cared for in your absence.
  5. Be aware of local or state laws regarding driving with pets and other ordinances like any breed specific legislation. And, be sure you know the rules at the hotel where you are staying, like: Is it OK to leave your pet in the room unattended?

Traveling with your pet is such a luxury and special privilege now. Super Smiley and I hope you enjoy all of your pet adventures and come home safe! Be sure to check out our pet travel safety video at the link here.


Until Next Time,
Woof and Super Smiles from
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®

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