Keeping Man’s Best Friend Safe & Sound on the Road


By Megan Koester

It’s summertime, which means it’s road trip season!

Planning on hitting the asphalt with your canine companion in tow? Even if they’re not typically a mischievous mutt, don’t forget to ensure car safety for your dog. It’s always a good idea to take precautions when going on an expedition with your pup as a copilot.

These travel tips are designed to keep your best buddy safe and comfortable on long car rides. With the proper essentials, the next trip together will be a breeze.

Safety Harness

The No. 1 rule when it comes to car safety for your dog? Don’t let Fido sit on your lap while you drive—it can interfere with your steering or block your view of the road, creating a huge hazard.

Make sure your pet is buckled up, safe and secure, in the backseat with the Tru-Fit Smart Harness. It wraps around one of your car’s seat belts, preventing your dog from injury if you’re in an accident. As an added bonus, it also works as a walking harness—so if you want to take them out for a quick potty break at the next rest stop, just remove it from the seat belt, attach their leash, and you’ll be good to go.

Seat Barrier

A safety harness is definitely a must-have, but you need more to keep your pal safe in the car. The Solvit Front Seat Net Pet Barrier, when fastened between the front and passenger seat, creates a partition that prevents your dog from coming into the front area of your car if you brake short (or are enjoying a tasty snack). Made of micro-mesh, it’s easy to see through, and it’s guaranteed to be claw-proof.

Backseat Protector

You love your dog, but what about your second-best friend: your car? This water resistant Backseat Protector is designed to block dirt, hair, moisture, and mud, so it will make sure those dirty paws don’t mess up your upholstery.

Travel Bowl

Ruffwear Quencher Collapsible Dog Bowl from Bass Pro ShopsWhen it comes to road trips, the lighter the load, the better! Make sure your best friend is always fed and hydrated with the waterproof Ruffwear Quencher Collapsible Dog Bowl. It’s machine-washable and plenty big, and it folds neatly for storage.

Canine First Aid Kit

Always be prepared—it’s one of the most important travel tips, especially when it comes to car safety for your dog. You’ll be ready for whatever emergencies the road throws at you with this Canine First Aid Kit. It’s small enough to fit in a glove box, but it contains 50 essential first aid items, from gauze to tweezers.

Never leave the house without a dog safety harness! This Tru-Fit Smart Harness attaches to a seat belt, keeping your dog safe and secure in the backseat while you drive. And as an added bonus, it also works as a walking harness. Scope it out at Orvis!


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