When it comes down to your pet’s safety, there are no taking chances. Bringing them along when you hit the road is always a fun experience, especially if it’s a road trip. However, just as you have to take safety precautions for your human passengers, there are necessary driving safety measures you should take for your animal passengers as well. Toyota of Orlando is here to help – we’ve got all the information you need to keep Fido safe when he comes along for the ride.
Driving safety tips for pets in your Orlando Toyota
When you hit the highway
So your ride is prepped and you’re ready to take to the highway. However, there are still measures and precautions you should take when commandeering your ride with a pet in the backseat. Here are some driving safety tips for when you actually get behind the wheel.
Don’t let Fido hang his head out of the window of your car. It may seem fun at first, but you actually run the risk of him getting hit by a passing object or debris on the road, or getting inner ear damage from the wind pressure. Pets can even get inner ear and lung infections from the wind and the cold – take it from our Orlando Toyota dealership and keep them inside the car.
Be sure to stop and let your pet use the restroom and stretch their legs frequently. It’s easy for them to get restless when they’re restrained or in a crate, so beat them to it and be sure to take advantage of rest stops when you hit the highway.
You never know when travel will upset your pet’s stomach, so you may want to hold off feeding them their main meal until you’ve stopped for the day. Give them snacks and treats to keep them satisfied in the meantime.
Never leave your pets unattended. It may seem like a pleasant day out, but temperatures inside the car can rise quickly, especially in the spring and summer. Excess heat can cause severe injury to your pet, including heatstroke and even death. Did you know that when it’s 85 degrees out, the interior temp of your car can rise to 102 degrees in just ten minutes, even with the windows open? Humidity also plays a big factor in bringing those temps up, and we’ve got plenty of that here in Central Florida. Cold temperatures can be just as dangerous to your pets when they’re left in the car. If you have to leave your pets inside of your car while you’re out, consider leaving them at home altogether.
As you can see, there’s a lot involved in driving safety when you decide to bring your pet along for the ride, but we’ve got you covered – if you want to look into more accessories or get tips on traveling with your four-legged friends, come down to Toyota of Orlando today! We’re located just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road, and we’re open seven days a week.