Throughout Australia the laws surrounding dog restraint when travelling in or on the back of a car vary from state to state.
In addition to adhering to the relevant state law on pet restraint in cars, a common sense approach to dog safety is best. Firstly any unsecure objects in a car can easily turn into life threatening projectiles during an impact. Pets left free to roam in a car can not only be life threatening to any humans or other animals travelling in a car, they are also in direct danger of being injured themselves.
The NRMA reports "If you're driving 60km per hour with an unrestrained 20kg dog in your car and it gets thrown onto you, the impact is the same as if it had hit you from a third-floor balcony." So in the absence of controlled product testing or restraining methods we believe the benefits far outweigh any risk.
Benefits for using pet restraints
- Window safety - your pet will not be tempted to jump from a window, nor will he/she be at risk of falling out of an open window as a result of sudden directional changes or braking.
- Driver distraction - there's less chance of the driver being distracted if a pet is unable to move around the vehicle.
- Collision protection - if you suddenly brake or have a sudden impact there is less chance of your dog becoming a projectile.
Who is restraining their pets?
In recent online polls over 72% of respondents secure their pet in some manner (of all owners surveyed, 34% are secured by a harness, 31% travel in a carrier or crate, 7% with a barrier). The remaining 31% of respondents let their pet's roam freely throughout the car.
One reason why you should restrain
As much as we all love to see a cute and happy face poking out from a car window and lapping up the breeze and sun, we ask you to consider a car restraint when travelling with your pet. One of our clients have made us aware of a recent unfortunate accident where a driver passed away after a sudden impact accident. However the driver's dog, travelling in the rear of the car survived the tragic event as a result of wearing a car harness. If not for your safety, please consider your family, your pets and other road users.