Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Be Smart, Ride Safe
After my post yesterday of Astrea in her new seat I started doing more research, and thought I should help my readers understand a little more the importance of safe car rides. People have asked me why I got Astrea a booster seat and my answer is two reasons, first, I don't want her to get hurt. Second, I don't want to be decapitated by my dog. I know that second reason sounds silly, but in my crazy mind I can just imagine the headline, "Woman Decapitated by Dog Flying Through Car During Crash." And did you know an unrestrained, 60-pound dog is capable of causing an impact of up to 2,700 pounds? 2,700 pounds! I'm no scientist, so I can't say for sure if that would decapitate you, but I'm sure 2,700 pounds flying at you can do some real damage to you and your dog.
Also, an unrestrained pet in the car can slow down the response of emergency workers. You dog may get in the way of emergency workers or even bite someone trying to provide help. First responders nationwide have said that, “any time lost in the caring of accident victims due to the need to deal with a frightened or injured animal can and should be avoided.”
An unrestrained pet can also cause another accident, be lost or subsequently injured/killed if they leave the car. A scared animal will more than likely take off running from an accident, not only will this cause you more stress, it can have terrible result. A few months ago I heard a story about a woman who rolled her car, both of her dogs climbed out an open window and took off running down the freeway. She was hoping for their safe return, but last I heard the dogs were never found.
And finally, an unrestrained pet in your car could cause you to get into an accident. If your dog is walking around the car, hopping in and out of your lap and just generally being distracting you can not focus on the road like you need to. Distracted driving doesn't just involve texting - it's anything in your car that causes you to divert your attention from the road. With so many other people driving distracted, you have to be as focused as possible to respond and keep you and your pet safe.
So what can you do to keep yourself and your pet safe? Check out Bark Buckle Up or petautosafetyblog.com for tips on traveling safely and the best products for your pet. Then pledge to keep your pet safe and educate others about properly restraining their pets in the car by taking the Be Smart, Ride Safe Pledge. And just remember, it's easy to keep yourself and your pets safe in the car - so why wouldn't you want to?
Thanks to Be Smart, Ride Safe and Bark Buckle Up for the information!!