Our pets are a part of our families, so of course we want to bring them along with us when we go on vacation. But traveling with pets requires extra precautions that you’ll want to undertake before you hit the road, both for your safety and the safety of your furry friends.
First of all, it’s important to get your pet used to longer car rides before you embark on a journey that’s several hours or even days long. Take them on a few short trips around town to see how they handle it, and extend the ride a little more each time to see what their limits might be.
Pack a bag for your pet the same way you pack your own travel bags. Bring comfort items, food and bottled water, and their favorite toys and blankets to make the trip as comfortable as possible for them.
When it comes to the actual trip, it’s much safer to keep your pet in a carrier or crate. If you let them roam free, this can be a distraction to the driver. If you’re unfortunate enough to get in an accident, it’s more dangerous for you and your pets to have them unsecured.
Finally, it’s vital that you don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially during the hot summer months. In many states it’s illegal to leave pets alone in the car, as it can get dangerously hot. Instead of stopping at restaurants on your trip, bring food with you that you can eat outside with your pet or go through a drive-through.
These are just some of the measures to consider for your summer road trip if you plan on bringing a pet. Volkswagen offers several pet-friendly accessories that you can equip for your journey, so stop into Gossett VW Porsche and see what we have to offer.