Are you breaching the Highway Code? Majority of pet owners unaware of rules for travelling with animals

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Over half of pet owners are not aware of the Highway Code when it comes to travelling with pets, a new study has found.

Research has revealed the majority of Brits don't know the correct safety procedures that must be followed when animals are inside a vehicle.

Car leasing specialist, Leasing Options polled 1,008 pet owners to uncover how much consideration they put into a journey with pets.

The results showed that 56pc of drivers weren't aware of the Highway Code rules, with one in five admitting they do not restrain pets whilst travelling.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that when in a vehicle, animals should be suitably restrained so they cannot distract/injure drivers or themselves if you stop quickly.


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Breaking the Highway Code doesn't carry a direct penalty, however drivers could still be pulled over for driving without due care and attention.

This can result in a hefty and several penalty points.

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In order to avoid this, a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are recommended ways of restraining pets in cars.

Lisa Richards, RSPCA Welfare Expert, said: 'If your pet is in the car it's really important to make sure they're safe and can be transported in a way that will not cause injury or suffering.

'It's reported that a high number of dogs can struggle with travel, often due to motion sickness or due to anxiety, so keep a close eye on your pet to make sure they are not displaying signs of travel-related problems.'

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