Cool ways to travel with animals in car

A dog in a safety harness in a car.

A dog in a safety harness in a car. - Credit: Archant

Keeping cool in the car can be a challenge for everyone during the hottest weeks of the year, but it's vital that pets don't overheat either.

Breakdown cover company and road safety charity GEM is offering safety advice for those travelling with a pet in the car this summer.

David Williams, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, said: 'An unrestrained or restless animal could distract the driver and cause a lapse of concentration or, worse, an accident.'

GEM offers these car care tips for pets:

Safety harness – a harness can be attached to a fastened seatbelt, and goes securely around your dog's chest, back and shoulders. Ideal for medium or large dogs.

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Pet-carriers – best for small dogs, cats and other pets, secure the carrier in place using one of the seatbelts or safely in the footwell.

Travel cage or crate – this type of pet-carrier is most suited to larger dogs and pets.

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Familiar scents – place a self-scented piece of material in the carrier with your pet to help keep them calm and relaxed.

Take the lead – especially when getting your dog in and out of the car, stay in control and keep it on its lead.

Fluid levels – keep plenty of water on board so that your pet remains hydrated throughout the journey.

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