The use of child restraint systems is mandatory in all states, and it is only a matter of time before similar laws will be adopted for pets. The intent will be to protect the pet, but more importantly to prevent them from causing a distraction to the driver, a more serious problem than most care to admit. Anything that diverts a driver's attention, even for a fraction of a second, can cause a hazardous situation.
Traveling with pets in your car in an unsafe manner can be very distracting and potentially more dangerous than an unaware cell phone user. If they are not properly secured within the vehicle they have to compensate for the car's motion. We are held secured by seat belts and a bolstered seat, dogs are not. If you travel with your pet loose in the vehicle you know that bumps, turns, and hard stops cause you to immediately reach for them as an uncontrolled natural reaction. This can adversely affect your reaction time when you need it most.
It's easy to put an end to the worry about pets in cars, especially smaller dogs. Why wait for laws to mandate the security you can, and should, be providing today? The Lookout car seat is a great way to help secure your pet in the car. It raises your pet offering them a view and should always be used with the proper car harness. A simple safety harness specifically designed for pets riding in vehicles can offer protection on a large scale for both of you. A Car Vest Harness is designed to secure your pet when you have to stop quickly and keeps them in one place instead of jumping around the car or sitting on your lap which distracts your attention. Using a dog collar to tether them in place or non-auto style harness can be fatal or cause serious injury.
Once you've equipped the proper combination of restraints in your vehicle, you'll never want to ride with your pets loose again. Putting a little dog on your lap, or sitting loose on any seat is exposing them, yourself, and those around you to unnecessary risk. The best placement for any Lookout or booster car seat is in the middle back seat. If this is not possible and they need to ride up front in the passenger seat, it is very important to deactivate the airbag if your make and model allow this. An airbag deploying in the face of a small dog should be avoided.
There are plenty of product reviews on the popular car seat models we offer. Be sure to read them and discover how much people enjoy using them and how much happier dogs are being able to see out while riding.