By Stewart Smith on 2016-10-06 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Tips for driving
with family pets
MANY of us take to the road with our pets and if we are lucky enough might even have a place for them at our desks.
But much as we love them, now and again our furry friends can pose a few challenges when we're driving.
Here are some tips for those driving with pets from IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.
First of all try not to feed your pet right before you leave or when you're on the road, but do keep a supply of their favourite biscuits or treats so you can stay in control..
Keep your pets out of the front seat and off your lap. You never know when your pet might react to something they think is interesting outside the car. Ideally dogs should be behind a guard or correctly strapped in in the back seat. Cats or smaller creatures should be in an appropriately secured carrier.
Leaving your pet alone in the car, no matter what the temperature might feel like outside, is a big no.
Try to take along familiar toys and bedding to provide a relaxed setting.
Don't change up the menu! A sudden switch in your pet's food before the journey can upset them (and their stomach!).
Take water and a bowl with you to keep your favourite companion well hydrated and take frequent stops for exercise and calls of nature. Keep a supply of poo bags in the car just in case.
Don't let your pet stick its head out of the window. Dog's eyes were never designed to travel at 60mph!
Follow these guidelines and all onboard should be fine.
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