It’s summertime! Its the time vacations are booked, bags are packed, and the car is loaded up for the road trip that lies ahead. As your going down the checklist we always find ourselves prioritizing that extra bit of space for our furry companion and their needs. There’s no secret, we love to travel with our dogs in the states. This is very true weather it is a short trip to the grocery store, or a planned backpacking expedition in the wilderness, we make sure to prioritize them into our daily routines and outings. Can you believe if you travel with your dog that you are apart of a 30 million household community that shares the same interest as you? Quite amazing, but these numbers can also prove to be scary as well.
I know, that’s a lot of pups on the road, because of this, proper pet safety should be discussed and addressed. AAA/Best Western Surveys reports a majority of 51% of travelers with pets say they would bring their pets along on every vacation if they could. The numbers of dogs on the road are simply staggering ,but what is more eye opening is the amount of distracted drivers transporting animals without proper car safety restraints on the road. According to a survey by the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners’ drive with their pets in the car. There are 43.3 million households with pets many of which travel with their owners, and yet only 16% of people who transport their dogs use proper safety restraints.
If only 16% of dogs are transported with proper safety equipment this means only 4.8 million dogs are fastened safely for travel leaving the 29.6 million dogs on the road in risk for injury, shock, and trauma. The National Safety Council, over 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported every year, making them the most common type of automobile accident. This is where most pets should be contained, which is why it is important to use crash tested pet safety products.
BIG OR SMALL DOG. ALL DOGS NEED PROTECTION.
Either if you own a large or small dog it is essential to understand what a car accident can do to your animals if they are not protected. If a car crashes at a speed of just 25mph, an unrestrained dog can be projected forward at a force equal to 40 times its weight. A large-size dog weighing 75 lbs., for example, can achieve an impact force of 3,000 pounds in a car crash, which could be a lethal blow for both a passenger and the pet.(Allianz website – Keeping pets safe in the car) Even for smaller pets traveling at just 30 miles per hour, an unrestrained 10-lbs dog will exert 300 pounds of pressure in an accident, according to Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, traffic safety programs manager for AAA. Without a crash tested safety restraint, that pint-size pooch can injure passengers and become severely injured on impact. (CNN - Rethink your dog roaming freely)
The simple fact is the we are not fully aware of our pet’s safety during car rides as a community. This is very scary not only for pet owners, for dogs, but also for the greater community dog owners that is also riding along with their furry companion. That is why RUF is taking the initiative to bringing an awareness of the pet safety by continually pushing the agenda for our dog’s voices to be heard, acknowledged, and protected. Here at RUF we strive to bring up topics that will improve the overall wellness to our happy go-lucky dog lifestyle. We are extremely excited to introduce our new line of products including our newest RUF Safety Belts to help you and your dog get to Point A to Point B safely and securely. All products are crafted with premium quality materials, carefully hand selected, and thoroughly tested by our pet experts to provide you the best of quality for you and your furry family member. Be sure to keep up to date with our blog more updates on our newest products!