Dog owners know it’s hard to resist taking the dog everywhere and sometimes it’s just too impractical to leave pets behind. That means at some point owners will need to carry animals in a vehicle – perhaps to visit a better playing field or see a remote relative? Apart from the odd case of social reclusion, travelling with pets will happen on a regular basis.
If you carry a dog (or other pet) in a vehicle in the UK and an appropriate safety restraint is not used, the journey could lead to a fine or even invalidate your vehicle insurance – despite how well-behaved the animal may be.
The problem arises from rule 57 of the Highway Code, which states, “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.”
While the official line is a little ambiguous, it’s not actually an offence to breach the code. Instead, motorists could be considered to be driving without due care and attention or stand accused of not showing reasonable consideration for other road users – both of which can be charged as an offence.
Go Compare has also recently revealed that if a loose animal in the car contributes to a vehicle accident, insurers may not pay out on a subsequent claim.
We’re big believers in being better safe than sorry, so we’ve stocked up on dog safety harnesses and you can get your hands on one for as little as £10.49. Our Kumfi car harness also doubles up as a walking harness and is available is in sizes extra-small, small, medium, and large.
If you need help selecting a restraint or pet accessory, just drop us a line on 01788 890966 and we’ll be happy to chat with you.