How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Road Trips

This is a sponsored post.

Do you love to go on road trips? Do you bring your dog along? Going on a road trip with your dog is definitely an awesome and unforgettable memory. The most important thing you as a responsible dog owner have to consider is safety: yours and your dog’s as well as the safety of other road users. With the right preparations, hitting the road with your pet doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor, it can be a fun and bonding experience. Here are few tips on how to keep your dog safe during road trips.

pet restraints

Plan a pet-friendly route. Be on the lookout for dog parks along the way where your dog can stretch their legs and run around before hopping back in the car. Mapping out your stops should also include where you and your pet are going to eat, sleep, and shop.

Restrain your dog for safety.  Just like you should never let a child ride in your car without wearing a seatbelt, you should never let your dog ride without some sort of restraint. This is actually a law in some states. Restraining your dog in the car is important for the following reasons:

  • It will prevent your dog from distracting you;
  • It will keep your dog safely restrained in the event of sudden stops;
  • It will protect  your dog and other passengers in your car during  a crash;

When choosing the appropriate pet restraint, a good brand to consider is Sleepypod as they have many options. The right selection depends on the breed and size of your animal as well as the type of vehicle in which you will be traveling.

You may also like:  The Advantages of Working From Home

Keep your dog safe during road trips

Never leave your dog alone in the car. Even if the weather is only mildly warm, leaving a pet in a parked car can result in heatstroke after as little as 15 minutes.

Want to learn more about pet safety? Attend a #LexusPetSafety event. The first event kicks off on October 13th at Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, NJ. Guests will see demonstrations and be able to ask questions about traveling safely with your pets. You can learn more about the event here:


To attend, RSVP to #LexusPetSafety.

Win a Prize! Enter the contest below for a chance to win prizes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest rules:


**Contest rules: Entries must be completed by 2PM Eastern October 13, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents 18 years old or older and subject to the laws of the state of New Jersey. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from qualified entries and verified by A Girls Guide to Cars; winner will be notified by email by October 15, 2018. Prize will be delivered by USPS to a valid US address; prizes cannot be shipped to a P.O. box. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize valued at $200, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Contest is administered by and prizes awarded by A Girls Guide to Cars, which assumes no liability for the administration of this contest. Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, Sleepypod, Lexus, Res-Q-Pets, Dogs & Cats Rule and any other event partners assume no responsibility or liability for the administration of this contest. A total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.**


How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Road Trips


__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the author


Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at

How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Road Trips

by Diane time to read: 2 min