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Summer Driving Safety Tips

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These next few months will see the streets, roads and highways packed with more vehicles than ever before. The weather is nicer, the kids are out of school, vacations are scheduled, summer road trips are planned. But before you hit the road, it is important that you check your vehicle and review summer driving safety tips.

  • Conduct a basic safety check of your vehicle. Check the levels of your fluids: oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check your tire pressure, wiper blades, lights, and A/C.
  • If you have children, be sure you're aware of heatstroke concerns that arise in warm weather. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Remember to share the road with other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It will be crowded out there, so be aware of people who may not see you.
  • Have an emergency roadside kit stocked with a car charger for your cell phone, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, gloves and blankets, and tools. 
  • Be sure to have an updated GPS on hand (or a physical map or atlas, if you're so inclined) for your designated navigator to guide you safely to your destinations.
  • Don't forget water and snacks, and even entertainment for the passengers. Build a playlist of road trip songs, tablets with downloaded games, and a pillow to stay comfy.

 For more tips and ideas, check out this great interactive guide courtesy of the NHTSA.


How to Choose the Right Pet Ramp

    Drivers with dogs face certain challenges and drivers with large dogs can face even more. As large dogs get older, they may have a hard time jumping into the backseat of a car - noteably SUVs or trucks. It might be impossible to help them without risking injury if they're an especially big breed.


    According to Drs. Foster and Smith Educational Staff,

"Pet ramps can be an invaluable tool in assisting a pet into a vehicle, up a short flight of stairs, onto a bed, or any area your pet has difficulty accessing because of weight, age, or illness. Dog ramps also help your pet to maintain his quality of life if suffering from dog arthritis. Veterinarians, K-9 officers, and pet owners alike appreciate the strain it takes off them when handling a pet. But not all pet ramps are created equal."

    There are also certain features to consider when choosing a ramp:

  1. Safety - Inspect the ramp for sturdiness. Look to see whether there are non-slip elements on the ramp feet. Some ramps even offer safety railing if, for a certain dog, it would be necessary.
  2. Portability - The ramp should be easily transported wherever it may be needed. Check to see whether it comes with a carrying case if the dog will often need the ramp in different vehicles.
  3. Strength - Ramps will usually have a maximum weight listed on the ramp itself, the box in which is it purchased or within a manual. Be sure that the dog will be able to safely use the ramp without risk of collapse.
  4. Traction - Some dogs' longer nails make it hard for them to grip too-smooth a slope. Also, rain or snow may cause the ramp to become slippery. Confirm that a ramp has a safe walking surface for the dog before purchasing.

    Ramps have the capability to improve quality of life for both dog and owner. Car trips that were once a hassle will become simple, allowing drivers to spend more time with their canine companions.

Protect Your Pets From the Intense Summer Heat Inside Your Car

Dog-in-car The society for the prevention of cruelty to animals is issuing a strong reminder to dog owners, not to expose their pets to the deadly danger of heatstroke .

Every year, inspectors face the problem of a rising number of animals (often dogs) suffering from dehydration, heat distress and in extreme cases, even death. People need to realize just how quickly heat can affect a dog as they cannot lose heat as easily as humans, and it is often only a matter of minutes - not hours - before temperatures can build up inside a car and cause death.

In warm weather, the temperature of your car can quickly reach 110ºF! Even leaving a window open does not provide sufficient ventilation. In a very short period of time, your dog could suffer heatstroke - a serious and sometimes fatal condition.

Symptoms of heatstroke are:

If you think your dog suffers from heatstroke , immerse him in cool water and call your vet. If you absolutely must leave your dog in the car for a few minutes - and this should only be considered in the most severe emergencies when no other option is possible - make sure you:

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Buckle Up: “Ruff” Road Ahead

Dog-seat-belt Pet lovers understand that once you bring animals into your life, they quickly become members of the family. It comes as no surprise then that many families want to take their adored pet with them whenever they travel.

However, traveling in a vehicle with a dog or cat can pose a serious danger to the pet. To ensure your safety and the safety of your pet, it is highly recommended that pet parents consider the use of a pet restraint or crate while traveling. Not only will restraints keep an animal secure within the car, but they also will limit a pet’s movement and prevent serious injur y in the event of an accident, not to mention driver distraction.

When choosing the appropriate pet restraint, pet parents have several 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. Following are several restraint options for pet owners to consider when traveling with their pet in a vehicle:

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