We are a nation of animal lovers, from our small furries to our larger pets, and we consider them all as part of the family, but did you know you could face fines of up to £2,500 and penalty points on your licence and in extreme cases a driving ban and compulsory re-test for travelling with an unrestrained pet in your vehicle?
As Rule 57 of the Highway Code states "When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars." Although disobeying the highway doesn't necessarily mean you will be will receive a penalty, the police could pull you over and charge you with driving without due care and attention with carries a maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points.
A third of drivers have never even heard of Rule 57 of the Highway Code and some insurance companies are now warning customers that their car insurance could be invalid of they are involved in a accident with an unrestrained pet in your vehicle.
You wouldn't think twice about travelling with a child or other passenger in your vehicle with ensuring they are safely secured so why do we forget about our pets? By taking unrestrained pets in a car drivers are putting themselves at risk of potentially deadly distractions.
If you are involved in an incident and have an unrestrained pet or passenger for that matter in the back seats this can potentially be deadly for you and your pet/passenger.
If you want to ensure your pets are safe and secure in your vehicle at all times then follow the below tips;