How your dog sticking their head out of the window could land you with a £2,500 fine | TeamDogs

How your dog sticking their head out of the window could land you with a £2,500 fine

It could also see you slapped with three points on your driving licence

Danielle Elton

Posted 2 months ago ago

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The summer holidays are a matter of days away which means many of us are looking forward to making the most of the scorching weather, whether that’s getting away on holiday or enjoying lots of lovely days out.

And of course as dog owners, our furbabies will be coming along for the ride. Our plans very rarely mean leaving our dogs at home.

But there’s a lot to consider when travelling with your dog in the car - you need to factor in regular breaks, the temperature of the car, making sure they are well hydrated, and they need to be properly secured.

And then there’s dogs with travel anxiety who don’t like getting in the car. That’s a whole other concern.

It’s not as straightforward as simply getting our dogs in the car with the rest of the family and setting off on our travels.

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And then there’s the law to consider.

Did you know that a dog sticking their head out of the window could land you in serious hot water?

Car dealer Peter Vardy has warned that this seemingly innocent act could leave you with a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence.

We know that many pets like to stick their head out of the window, especially when it’s warm, but this could not only be a sign that your dog is not properly secured, it could also cause a serious distraction to the driver, or other motorists.

Although it’s not actually set out in law that dogs shouldn’t stick their head out of the window, you could still be pulled over for ‘driving without due care and attention’ and that’s what could get you in bother with the authorities.

By simply making sure your dog is properly restrained - with either a crate, a belt or a harness - you’ll help to make sure they’re safe, you’re focused on driving and other drivers are too.

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