UK Drivers Could Be Fined Or Disqualified For Letting Dog Hang Out Of Car Window
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Dog owners are being warned that letting their pet stick their head out of the car window could see them getting points on their licence, or a hefty fine.
Although it might be tempting to let them get the wind in their ears while you're heading off on a walk or camping trip, it could actually mean you're breaking the Highway Code.
As per Rule 57, drivers shouldn't let their pet in the car unless they use a seatbelt harness or a carrier.
It reads: "When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly'.
It adds: "A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars."
As reported by the Express, Mark Tongue, spokesperson for Select Car Leasing said: "We'd recommend you don't let your dog stick its head out of the window.
"Not only does that potentially illustrate that the animal is not restrained properly, there's also the obvious risk of its head coming into contact with something, like a bush or a tree, resulting in a bad injury.
"And make no mistake - if you don't have your dog properly restrained, and it's causing distraction, you could be prosecuted by the law.
"The most common charge in such circumstances is one of driving without due care and attention which is enough, in some cases, to warrant a disqualification, between 3 and 9 points on your licence, or even a fine of up to £2,500.
"Don't take the risk. Make sure both you and your pooch are buckled up properly."
But thankfully, Dog's Trust has given some information about how to safely go on a road trip with your pooch.
It suggests using a seat belt harness, to make sure the dog doesn't go behind the driver and can't reach them.
The website also says to use a crate or pet carrier that is securely fixed in place, so it won't slip. It also says your dog should be able to stand up and turn around, so that it can lie comfortably, with thick bedding so that the vibrations are absorbed.
It also states: "Dogs shouldn't be allowed to hang their heads out of the window as this could be dangerous for them and distracting for the driver and other road users."