There is no denying that the attitude of some dog owners towards the safety of their dogs in the car is a pet peeve of mine! I have lost count how many times a car has driven past or pulled up beside us with a dog free to move around the entire car as they please without any restraints. Why is it thought acceptable to allow your dogs to travel without restraint? Parents across the country frequently ensure their children are secure in the car but fail to secure their family dog. Anything in a moving car which is not secured has the potential to cause harm to others or themselves, your dog could be thrown around the car causing injury to other family members or thrown clear through the windscreen themselves resulting in an untreatable injury. Our dogs are not able to make decisions regarding their own safety so it is our duty to do that for them.
I am pleased to say that Kurgo car safety products solve many of these problems.
If you have never thought about why your dog should wear the a car safety harness watch this video, its not graphic but it will make you stop and think, ‘what if that was my dog’?
The Kurgo Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Harness seatbelt harness for dogs is made in the United States and was crash-tested at an accredited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lab using Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 for child restraint systems.
With 5 adjustment points your dogs are sure of a comfy fit. The steel nestling buckles are based on technology used in rock climbing, making them easy to use and strong enough to restrain dogs in the case of an accident. A single point harness to seatbelt attachment creates a simple and direct connection to all integrated three point car seat belt systems with no chance of incorrect installation. Kurgo provide dog owners across the world with a dog car safety harness with tether that is crash tested and allows you to keep your dog safe in the car.
Kurgo recently carried our a survey in America in association with AAA and during one month of the survey it showed that 56% of dog owners travelled with their dog and yet only 16% restrained their dog. Clearly from the above video many dogs were left open to potential injuries or worse if involved in an accident. And passenger safety? An unrestrained dog causes the driver of a car distractions, the movement in the corner of your eye, as they clamber into your lap from the back seat, the opportunities for distraction and therefore injury are endless.
So why exactly do people travel with their dogs unrestrained? The same American survey showed that 84% of dog owners take their dogs on car trips but do not use a restraint. The reasons for not using a pet travel restraint included:
- My dog is calm and do not think he/she needs a restraint (42%)
- Never considered it (39%)
- Just take dog on short trips (29%)
- Want dog to be able to put head out window (12%)
- Too complicated/too much trouble (7%)
- Want dog to have fun in the car (3%)
- Want to be able to hold dog (3%)
But when you consider that an unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert roughly 500 pounds of force, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2400 pounds of force perhaps the reasons given above fade into insignificance and reality sets in. Your dogs must and should be kept safe in the car.
Kurgo themselves say “Our goal was to create an easy-to-use car safety harness that is convenient for owners and comfortable for pets,” said Spater. “We know that if the harness is difficult to use or dogs cannot tolerate it, pets will go unrestrained causing danger to the driver, passengers and dog. Our first goal was to increase the number of people who restrain their pets while driving”.
A glimmer of hope though, by Kurgo manufacturing this fantastic car safety harness for dogs and carrying out their survey it resulted in more than four out of five (83%) respondents agreeing that having an unrestrained dog in a moving car can be dangerous. Hopefully many of these 83% have now fitted their dog with the Kurgo Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Harness and can travel feeling a little safer for their dog, themselves as the driver and other road users too.
For more details about the Kurgo Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Harness for your dog click here