How Much Is That Doggy In The Car Window? A Lot More If Not Buckled In!
Never mind Tom Petty’s ‘Dogs On The Run’ – If they are loose in your vehicle they could lead to the price of your vehicle insurance scampering through the roof with a possible £5000 fine to boot!
So, gone are the days of having your four-legged driving companion hollering out of the window, catching the air with their tongues! The Highway Code states that drivers need to ensure that their furry friends are suitably buckled up, so they cannot throw your concentration or injure you or themselves mid transit.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code recommends a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or guard in the boot as a way of safely transporting your sidekick. It reads: “when in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly”.
A survey by consumer site uSwitch found many drivers did not know the law concerning loose pets in vehicles, and did not realise that if involved in an accident, the vehicle insurer can refuse to pay out if the policy does not cover pets in the car.
Stephanie Corbett, of Comparethemarket.com, said: “Three quarters of dog owners travel with their canine companions and around half of cat owners bring kitty along for the ride from time to time. If you are planning on taking your furry pals on the road, make sure you obey the laws of the road”.
So, next time you and Rover are ready to hit the road for an adventure, make sure you are both buckled up, so you are ready to roam in safety.