Here at zerimax, it is our desire to never see another dog hanging out the car window -- but what if the vehicle doesn't have any windows to speak of?
With the weather breaking and Pumpkin Spice Lattes back, we are anticipating fall right around the corner. But these mild temps still allow us to cruise around -- particularly in our top-down convertibles or door-less jeeps. It is an exhilarating ride, with the wind in our hair -- a feeling of complete freedom.
But safety is still our number one focus, and these vehicles with their open advantages pose some safety concerns. That's why it is imperative to buckle up your dog in these cars. In the event of an accident or sudden stop, a 10 lb dog has the force of 120 lbs when traveling at 60 mph. In enclosed vehicles, an unrestrained animal could be projected into the windshield or other passengers, which could also be the case in convertibles or jeeps, as well as the likelihood of the dog being launched from the vehicle altogether. With that much force hitting the pavement, fatally injury increases.
Also in the event of an accident, dogs can become stressed, anxious, or aggressive - potentially impeding emergency personnel who arrive on the scene. The openness of these vehicles also allows for dogs to jump out and flee from the wreck in a moment of panic or confusion.
Even during a routine drive, the most docile animal may be intrigued by a squirrel or other distractions, causing the animal to leap from the car at a stop sign or red light. The Doggie Seatbelt will not only keep them safe during an accident, but also restrain small dogs throughout every ride, every time.
In any car you drive, please buckle up all loved ones, two and four-legged alike.
Be sure to check out Montecristo Travels blog post about other factors with convertible driving.