Heading out in the car for a road trip is an exciting and fun event, but if you’re taking your dog along with you, then a good quality dog crate is in order. A dog crate ensures that your dog isn’t wandering through the vehicle, and at the same time it keeps the dog safe if you suddenly need to brake, and ensures you aren’t being distracted. Here are few things to keep in mind with regards to dog crates:

  • Size: Dog crates come in a variety of sizes, so no matter what kind of breed you have, you’re bound to find one that accommodates them. Just be sure to pick the correct size for your animal. You don't want to go too big or too small, so it's best to buy one from a pet store or a place that can offer proper advice.

  • Legality: Did you know in some states you can actually be fined if you are found transporting an animal in an "incorrect" way? As well if you end up in a car accident that is caused by the distraction of your animal, you could be facing a distracted driving violation.

  • Safety: When shopping for a crate you want to inquire about its crash test safety rating. Typically, the strongest ones are plastic that has been reinforced with fiberglass, or an aluminum crate. No matter what kind of crate you pick, it should allow for plenty of airflow as well. Before purchasing a crate, be sure it will fit in your car comfortably.

  • Season: There are some crates that come with insulation so if you plan on taking a road trip in the winter, your dog will be kept warm and comfortable.

Dog crates are an absolute necessity if you plan on taking your dog on a road trip. They assist in ensuring the safety of your dog and help prevent the dog from distracting you.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Dog Crate for Road Trips and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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