HerHighway editor Christina Selter and her buddy Betty from Bark Buckle UP recently took the 2014 GMC Sierra out for a pre-National Dog Day test drive on road and off road the Sierra was a hit. Some of the favorite features for Betty were the spacious backseat with the boarding rails for easy access and of course all the new technology that helps for a safer ride (for the full 2014 GMC Sierra test drive review please visit http://www.HerHighway.com and for more about Betty http://www.BarkBuckleUP.com).
National Dog Day, August 26, was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day”, to show them deep appreciation for our long connection to each other.
Dogs put their lives on the line every day: for their law enforcement partner and for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. So it’s us to us to protect them as best as we can. The most important way we can do that while traveling in a vehicle is to “Bark Buckle UP” every time Fido Rides.
Driver’s Safety: In an accident, an unrestrained pet is dangerous to everyone in the car. A 60-pound dog/Golden Retriever becomes a projectile of 2,700 pounds at just 35 mph. A flying projectile like a dog can hit you, a windshield, or another passenger. Pets can also impact the movements of first responders.
Buckling up is an important safety precaution for pets. Many U.S. States and Canadian Provinces and provinces now require pets to be restrained while in a moving vehicle and restraints have several advantages.
Restraints help protect pets in case of a collision and keep pets from running loose and distracting the driver. Restraints also keep pets from escaping through an open window or door. Seat belts save lives. We don’t always think about buckling our pets but when they are in the car, BarkBuckle UP the whole family. In a sudden stop or accident, a dog can become a flying projectile that caninjure you, your passengers or even hurt themselves, as accidents do happen.
It’s up to you to each driver to be prepared. Most drivers won’t think twice about fastening their own seat belt, or placing their child in a car seat, but not everyone buckles up their pets. The reality is that thousands of pets are injured in car accidents every year just like humans the truth is animals need to be buckled up for safety.
- A 60-pound pet becomes a 2,700 pound projectile, at just 35mph
- Pet travel has increased 300% since 2005
- Unrestrained pets delay emergency workers’ access to human occupants
- Pets escaping post-accident pose many dangers, including catching the loose pet
- Injured pets may bite first responders and rescue workers
- Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident
- Driver distraction is common when unrestrained pets are rambunctious
HerHighway’s Editor in Chief Christina Selter, is a nationally-recognized automotive and safety adviser, she has been featured in more than 2,000 national and local newscasts, international press conferences and automobile trade shows around the country. Selter wrote this post with help from Betty from Bark Buckle UP. Photos by Christopher Selter.