Whether you have a labradoodle, a corgi or a mystery mutt, your dog is an important member of the family. At Steve Landers Kia, our top priority is the safety of you and your family in your car, and that includes your pet’s safety.  Cars are designed to keep humans safe, but they don’t generally have built-in safety features for your furry friend. Here are some of our best tips to ensure you and Fluffy have a safe, tail-wagging-good ride! 



Keep Your Dog Secure 


Your dog may enjoy roaming around the back seat or the truck bed, but it definitely isn’t safe, and it’s obvious that having your dog sit in the driver’s lap is a huge hazard. To keep your dog safe, it’s best to secure them in the back of the car in a containment system or crash-tested crate. The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) adopted Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 213 (FMVS 213), which regulates child vehicle restraints, as their guide for testing dog restraints. They offer a list of certified restraints on their website for dogs of all sizes. Some of the approved options  include the Innopet Commuter Carrier for small dogs, Sleepypod Clickit Sport for dogs up to 90 pounds, or Gunner G1 Kennels for dogs small to large. 


Give Your Dog Access to Water

Make sure to always allow your dog frequent access to water. This is important for long car rides, but even if you’re just running errands you should be prepared (of course, never leave your dog unattended in the car). Keep a water bottle and a bowl in your car for emergencies, but if you’re in a pinch, you can let your dog drink water from your cupped hand. 


Roll up the Windows and Lock Them

Sure, it’s cute to watch your dog enjoy the breeze when they stick their head out of the car window, but it's just not safe. If you were to hit the brakes suddenly, your dog could slide forward and injure their neck. Adventurous dogs have also been known to leap right out of the window, so it’s best to keep the window closed and the child lock on so they can’t accidentally roll down the window with a paw. 


Take a Break! 

Make sure to take plenty of breaks! Traveling with a dog is a little bit like traveling with a toddler. They’re needy, whiny, and need plenty of potty breaks. Stop every two hours to allow your dog to do their business and stretch their legs. They’ll be much happier (and you honestly need the break, too).


Give Your Dog Some Air 

Keep your dog comfortable! Make sure to adjust the temperature as needed, and never leave your dog in a parked car alone! On warm days, even with a cracked window, the temperature inside the car can grow dangerously high in a matter of minutes. If you can’t bring your dog with you inside your destination, it’s best to leave them at home or with a pet-sitter. You can learn more about the dangers of leaving a pet in the car in our blog here


Are you ready to take on the road with man’s best friend? If you need a new vehicle, come and see us at Steve Landers Kia! The Kia Telluride is a great pick for dog lovers, and a A Gunner G1 Kennel can be easily secured in the cargo area for happy traveling! Come on down to our location on Colonel Glenn in Little Rock to take it for a spin. We’ll see you soon! 


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