Day of the Dog
47% of the owners believe that the legislation is not entirely clear when it comes to specifying how to take the animals on the move, which can generate doubts and risks when placing or restraining our pet inside the vehicle
In Spain there are 13 million registered pets, according to data from the
Spanish Network for the Identification of Companion Animals (REIAC) and approximately 7 million are dogs. Many will travel with their dogs this summer to enjoy a few days of disconnection. However, many drivers are unaware of the importance of correctly transporting their pet.
In the event of an accident or sudden braking, the animal can be thrown multiplying its weight according to the speed. For example, in an accident at 50 km / h,
a dog weighing 20 kilos would hit the passengers as if its real weight were 700 kg. If the pet is not properly restrained, this impact can cause serious consequences to the occupants, in addition to the terrible injuries that the pet would have.
Norauto remember that, as you collect
the Traffic Regulations, the driver must take special care to maintain the proper position and that is maintained by the rest of the passengers, and the proper placement of the objects or animals transported so that there is no interference between the driver and any of them. Therefore, they should never travel loose or in their arms.
When choosing the safest way to travel with pets, the type of vehicle, the size of the pet and the type of trip must be taken into account.
Guidelines for the safe transport of dogs in the vehicle
1-Under no circumstances should the pet be loose, either in the back seat or in the passenger seat. It does not matter the weight of the dog or if it behaves very well on trips. At any given moment, it can interfere with driving and, in addition, project out in the event of a sudden stop or accident.
2-Small animals, a good option is a carrier. The safest option is to place it on the floor of the vehicle, as it fits very well between both seats. Another option is to place the carrier with the seat belt, although it is less secure than the first option.
3-You can use a harness with a belt that is hooked to the vehicle’s seat belt. Although it is recommended that it be with two hooks to avoid possible breakage in the event of sudden braking or collision. It is recommended that the rope be shortened as much as possible to avoid hitting a passenger.
4-If the pet is large, we can also use a larger carrier and place it in the trunk. If there is no physical separation between the trunk and the occupants, we must complement the carrier with a dividing grid.
5-Another option to transport animals, especially hunting animals, is to use a trailer. Many are prepared for winter and summer travel.
6-Finally, you should never leave an animal inside the car alone as it can suffer a heat stroke. Try to give him water frequently and take advantage of the stops for a short walk.
Ensuring the safety of our pets During our trips it is key, especially at times of the year such as summer vacations, not only for them but also for the rest of the companions. In this sense, the
RACE and Royal Canin present the report “2021 Companion Animals and Road Safety”, in which data is shared that reflects how Spaniards consider the safety of their pets when traveling. In addition, this report also includes tips to ensure the well-being of pets during travel, details of current legislation, and the incidence of animals in accidents.
47% of owners
believes that the legislation is not entirely clear when it comes to specifying how to bring the animals on the move, which can generate doubts and risks when placing or holding our pet inside the vehicle. And regarding possible risk situations, 3 out of 4 drivers are concerned about taking their pet without restraint due to the danger that it may pose to the rest of the occupants, followed by the risk that the animal itself runs of being harmed (67 %) and, thirdly, by the possibility of being sanctioned by a traffic agent (50%).
On the other hand, pet owners do take into account the needs of their animals when traveling. Specifically, around 57% of drivers rest in special areas for their pets, allowing
so they can stretch their legs and drink water safely. The place mostly chosen by drivers to make the rest stop with the pet, in 78.5% of cases, is the service area, although 68% of them rate them with a failure due to their lack of adaptation to animals. The services most in demand are a closed enclosure to release the animals safely (56%), and to be able to enter the restaurant area with the pet (31%).
In addition to carrying the animal correctly restrained inside the vehicle, it must also be monitored at these types of stops. 4% of drivers who were traveling with a pet recognized that, at the time of the rest stop, they lost control of the animal or it escaped, which in 1% caused a dangerous situation (recognized by the owner ).
more than 100 accidents occur per year with victims (deaths and injuries) caused by the run over of a pet, a figure that rises to more than 4,000 accidents per year with material damage, according to data collected by traffic officers, for which a number is estimated well above accidents in which there are They see related dogs and cats in which the authority does not intervene
12% of drivers
have suffered in first person the run over of these animals, and 23% have witnessed this situation. Even 7% acknowledged having experienced both situations, seeing and being run over by a dog or a cat. And how have they reacted to these abuses? 39% notified the authorities of the situation; 21% of those surveyed did nothing, they simply continued their journey, and only 6% stopped to remove the run-over animal from the road.