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Drive with your pet's safety in mind

Our pets may like road trips just as much as we do, but safety should be the number one priority when getting in the car with your furry friend, reports The New York Times.

There are enough distractions on the road, and the last thing you want is to have your pet keeping you from focusing.

If an accident occurred, your pet may become a hazard to everyone in the car. Pet advocacy group Bark Buckle UP says that in a 35 mile-per-hour accident, an unrestrained 60-pound dog can carry the force of a 2,700-pound projectile, reports the news provider.

To ensure the safety of both you and your pet, make sure they are secured in the vehicle.

Because airbags can be dangerous for animals, the US Humane Society recommends keeping dogs fastened in the backseat. Dogs do not need to be put in a crate just as long as they are buckled in with a restraining harness. However, most cats hate riding in cars, so it would be best to have them in a pet carrier and secured with a seatbelt.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19790966-ADNFCR
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