Canine proudly owning drivers will not be prioritising security – Automotive Weblog


Dog in a Skoda Karoq

New analysis has revealed that Britain’s canine lovers spend greater than £4,000 per 12 months on their pet, however simply half safely safe their canine on each automotive journey.

To mark Worldwide Canine Day on August 26, Skoda – in partnership with BorrowMyDoggy (a nationwide organisation that connects canine homeowners with trusted native individuals to assist handle their canines) – is highlighting how easy options can assist hold canines protected on the transfer.

Of the estimated 9.6 million canine homeowners within the UK, the Skoda research revealed greater than seven million journey with their canine within the automotive a minimum of as soon as every week.

Nevertheless, simply 51% mentioned they at all times appropriately secured their canine whereas driving, with 14% solely doing it a few of the time and 9% admitting that they’ve by no means secured their canine safely within the automotive.

Dog in a safety harness - Skoda Karoq

The yearly common invoice of £4,087.20 is made up of meals, pet insurance coverage and edible treats, however homeowners are risking doubling this price for not securing pets safely when on the transfer. Almost half (44%) are unaware of present legal guidelines round travelling with a canine within the automotive which may result in a superb of as much as £5,000 and invalid insurance coverage.

In accordance with the Freeway Code, canines should be suitably secured so that they keep away from distracting the driving force and to stop damage within the case of a sudden cease.

The analysis discovered 12% of homeowners let their canines sit on their lap and even on the sprint (9%) whereas driving, whereas some let their canines transfer freely across the automotive. This determine was much more pronounced amongst youthful drivers (18-24 years outdated), with over 1 / 4 (27%) letting their canine sit on their lap whereas driving.

In complete, 68% of drivers mentioned they drove extra rigorously with their canine within the automotive, although almost 1 / 4 (24%) mentioned they discovered themselves to be extra careworn.

When serious about their automotive, canine homeowners mentioned that an important facets have been firstly that it must be straightforward for the canine to get out and in (60%), adopted by good boot dimension (51%), inside area (44%) and sturdy supplies (43%).

High suggestions for travelling with canines within the automotive*

  • Preserve canines on a lead when getting out and in of a automotive
  • Securely fasten your canine within the automotive with a harness or in-car provider
  • Preserve toys, meals and water on-hand, for instance within the glovebox
  • In-car canine equipment make travelling way more safe and comfy, such because the Skoda rear-seat canine hammock
  • Extras like blankets and canine beds can assist to maintain a canine calm and relaxed
  • Take common breaks for contemporary air and to permit your canine to stretch their legs (and your self)
  • By no means go away your canine within the automotive on a heat day, even when you have parked within the shade

*Recommendation courtesy of Skoda and BorrowMyDoggy


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