Going on a road trip for the long 4th of July weekend?
If you take your dog with you, make sure you don’t try to snap a selfie of you with your four-legged friend, AAA says.
A look at the dangers of pet selfies behind the wheel
A recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey found 12 percent of motorists have taken a photo of their pet while driving.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, taking your eyes off the road to attend to your pet for two seconds doubles your risk of a crash.
“A restraint will not only limit distractions, but also protect you, your pet and other passengers in the event of a crash or sudden stop,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation.
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Among the survey’s other findings: 37 percent of drivers don’t restrain their pets while riding in the car, and 13 percent of pet owners admit to becoming distracted by their pets while they are behind the wheel.
Using a pet restraint can aid in limiting distractions and help protect pets and passengers, AAA said.
“A 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph becomes a 300 pound projectile, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of force,” Stracke said.
“This poses a serious risk of injury or even death for either your pet or anyone else in its path, reinforcing the importance of restraining your four-legged friend every time they are in the car.”
AAA’s survey found that 42 percent of drivers pet their dog while behind the wheel, and 26 percent of motorists allow their pet to freely move from seat to seat.
Twenty-two percent of drivers allow their dogs to sit in their lap while they are behind the wheel, the study found.
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AAA recommends the following safety tips for drivers who bring their pets along for the ride: