Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving

Inside Vehicle:

  • Traveling with a pet can pose a hazard for both the vehicle occupants as well as the pet.

  • Never travel with the pet on your lap. A pet should be in a position where it cannot interfere with the driver.

Equipment:

  • Net pet barriers will add to the safety of the animal and minimize distraction of the driver.

  • Pet travel seats will afford the animal a view outside the vehicle as well as restrain them in the case of an accident or sudden braking.

  • Never let your pet travel with a choke chain which can snag on objects in the vehicle.

Identification:

  • Ensure that your pet has proper identification, such as a collar and license.

  • Tag:

  •       Animals name.

  •       Address.

  •       Telephone number.

  • Take photos of the pet to have on hand in case the animal        should get lost.

Description:

  • Breed.

  • Color/s.

  • Height.

  • Weight.

  • Distinguishing markings.

Guidelines:

  • It is preferable not to take a pet on a trip that is very young or old, sick, or recovering from an injury or surgery.

  • If a pet travels with its head out the window, it is exposed to risk of injury or infection from dust or grit getting into the eyes.

  • Keep windows closed or slightly open on warm days.

  • NEVER leave a pet in a car with the windows closed as the temperature in the vehicle can very quickly raise to a harmful degree.

  • Rather park the vehicle under shade, lock it and leave the windows slightly open.

Longer Trip:

  • Have a vet check the pet's general fitness for travel.

  • Acclimatize the animal to shorter trips before taking a                longer trip.

  • Maintain the pets feeding program.

  • Take favorite toys along.

  • Stop every few hours to give them some exercise, however        make sure they are on a lead before letting them out of            the vehicle.

Outside Vehicle:

  • Be aware of the presence of animals in built up residential        areas.

⚠️ For sensitive viewers, note that some clips contain collisions with animals.

? Can animals ride in a travel trailer?

Yes, animals can ride in a travel trailer, but there are several considerations and precautions to keep in mind to ensure their safety and well-being:

  • Pet-Friendly Design: Ensure that the travel trailer is designed and equipped to accommodate pets. Look for features such as secure and comfortable seating or sleeping areas for your animals.

  • Safety Measures: Securely restrain your pets while the trailer is in motion to prevent them from getting injured or causing distractions. Use pet seat belts, crates, or other appropriate restraints to keep them secure.

  • Ventilation and Temperature Control: Ensure that the trailer has adequate ventilation and temperature control to keep your pets comfortable. Make sure there is proper airflow and consider additional cooling or heating measures, depending on the climate.

  • Food, Water, and Bathroom Breaks: Provide ample food, water, and bathroom breaks for your pets during long journeys. Make sure they have access to fresh water and their regular meals to stay hydrated and nourished.

  • Comfort and Familiarity: Create a familiar and comfortable environment for your pets inside the travel trailer. Bring their bedding, toys, and other items that provide them with a sense of familiarity and security.

  • Regular Breaks and Exercise: Plan for regular breaks during your travel to allow your pets to stretch their legs, get some exercise, and relieve themselves. Find suitable pet-friendly areas or rest stops where they can safely explore and take care of their needs.

  • Check Local Regulations: Before traveling with pets in a travel trailer, familiarize yourself with local regulations, campground rules, and any restrictions or requirements regarding pets. Some places may have specific rules or limitations on pets in trailers or at campgrounds.

Always prioritize the safety, comfort, and well-being of your pets while traveling in a travel trailer. Pay attention to their needs and behavior throughout the journey, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure they have a positive and safe travel experience.

Can animals be transported in the back of a pickup truck?

Transporting animals in the back of a pickup truck can be unsafe and is generally not recommended. There are several reasons why this practice should be avoided:

  • Lack of Restraint: Animals in the open bed of a pickup truck are not securely restrained, making them susceptible to falling or jumping out of the truck. This poses a significant risk of injury or escape, especially when the vehicle is in motion.

  • Exposure to Elements: Animals in the back of a pickup truck are exposed to the elements, such as extreme temperatures, wind, rain, or direct sunlight. This can lead to discomfort, dehydration, heatstroke, or other weather-related health issues.

  • Road Hazards: Animals in the back of a pickup truck are more vulnerable to road hazards and debris, such as rocks, gravel, or other objects that may be kicked up by other vehicles. These hazards can cause injuries to the animal or even impair the driver's visibility if they react unexpectedly.

  • Risk of Collisions: In the unfortunate event of a collision or sudden braking, animals in the back of a pickup truck are at high risk of being thrown around or ejected from the vehicle. This can result in severe injuries or fatalities for the animal and potentially endanger other drivers or pedestrians.

If you need to transport animals, it is safer and more responsible to do so inside the cab of the vehicle or in a secure, properly ventilated, and adequately sized animal carrier or crate. This helps ensure the safety and well-being of the animals during transport and minimizes the risk of accidents or injuries.

? What vehicles have dog mode?

"Dog mode" is a feature available in some electric vehicles that allows pet owners to keep their dogs comfortable and safe while the car is parked. The specific vehicles that offer this feature can vary, but as of September 2021, Tesla is one notable automaker that has implemented Dog Mode in their vehicles.

Tesla's Dog Mode is designed to regulate the car's interior temperature and provide a visible message on the vehicle's screen to inform passersby that the dogs inside are safe. It helps maintain a comfortable environment for pets by keeping the climate control system active, even when the car is parked and the engine is off. This feature aims to address concerns about leaving pets unattended in vehicles, particularly during extreme temperatures.

It's important to note that the availability of dog mode and its specific functionalities can vary among different vehicle models and manufacturers. It's always recommended to refer to the official documentation or contact the manufacturer directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the availability of dog mode or similar features in specific vehicle models.

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Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving