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Car travel safety tips for dogs

car travel safety tips for dogs

There’s nothing better than being able to take our pooches away on a holiday with us. But with over 5,000 dogs being injured in motor vehicle accidents every year across Australia, there’s some important car travel safety tips for dogs when taking a family road trip.


  • Nationally it’s illegal to drive with a dog on your lap, and they need to be seated where they can’t disrupt the driver.
  • Dogs on utes should be restrained either with a tether or cage, so they can’t fall of or be injured when the vehicle moves.
  • There is also state specific legislation about travelling with dogs so make sure you familiarise yourself with this if you’re heading interstate.

Comfortable and safe restraints

  • Using a properly fitted harness is a good way to help keep them from moving around, and is safer should you need to brake quickly.
  • Choosing a crash-tested one, like this EzyDog Drive Harness, can protect them further should you be involved in a crash.
  • Never fasten the seat belt attachment directly to the dog’s collar, or tie the dog to the door handles.
  • And, If your car has airbags in the front seat, then harness them in the back.

On the road

  • Don’t forget to take your dog for a walk before you head off and keep food to a minimum before long trips.
  • Keep them refreshed with plenty of water and toilet breaks so they can stretch their legs on the journey.

Now you know what to do to keep safe on your road trip, it’s time to pick the destination and accommodation along the way, so check out Take Your Pet or Holidaying with Dogs to book some pet friendly accommodation for your next holiday with you and your pooch.

About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog walking, dog minding and dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.

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