Pet Travel: Safety in Cars

A Girls Guide To Cars | Pet Travel: Safety In Cars - Dog
Not the way to travel

Keeping Furry Family Members Safe

If you grew up in the 60s or 70s, you never used a child restraint system and may have even ridden in cars without a seatbelt. My childhood drives were passed from the ‘way back’ of a station wagon and we didn’t own a cat or a dog carrier.

How things have changed. Child safety seats are required for infants, toddlers and boosters for young children. Seat belts are mandatory for most drivers and passengers. In fact, in the United States, only New Hampshire does not have a mandatory seat belt law.

Pet Travel


Dog properly restrained

For animals, it’s a different story. Many people ride with dogs on their laps, in the front passenger seat or anywhere the dog wants to go.

Changes Afoot

New Jersey requires pets to be restrained in a moving vehicles and if you think about it, having a dog walking around a car or sitting on a driver’s lap can be more distracting than making a phone call.

Arizona, Connecticut, Maine and Hawaii also do not allow dogs to ride in the driver’s lap.

We are raising a dog to be a Guide Dog and she is required (by the organization) to ride in the back seat, on the floor.

For smaller dogs, consider a restraint. There are seatbelts that work with a dog’s harness and the car’s seatbelt to safely travel with your dog.

How do you bring your dog in the car?


Judy Antell, who is's Free in 50 States editor, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and... More about Judy Antell