When they visit our San Diego, CA Honda auto body shop, drivers often start talking to us about the dog they just passed on the roadway. We love stories about pets because we always laugh when we see a dog with his head hanging out the window, too. Because it warms our hearts to see people traveling with their pets, we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips for traveling with your dog.

While it pains us to say, it’s not a good idea to let your dog hang her head out the window. The safest way for your dog to travel in a car is in an anchored kenned in a rear seat or interior cargo area. If you don’t have a crate, you should secure your pet in the back seat using a seatbelt or another kind of restraint.

No matter how much you may want to, you should never let your pet travel in the front seat even if he’s in a kennel. If the passenger-side airbag deploys, it can severely injure a pet riding in the front passenger seat regardless of whether the dog is in a crate.

Just like you’ll have to leave your vehicle when you bring it into our RAM truck collision center for work, you may have to step away from your car during your travels to use the restroom or grab a snack. It’s never wise to leave a pet unattended in an automobile because the car’s interior temperature can reach dangerous levels quickly. Traveling with another person will ensure someone’s always available to keep an eye on your pet.

Would you like more tips about traveling with your dog? If so, visit Sunroad Collision Center on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard to talk to our pet lovers and automotive experts today.