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Many of us consider our pets as part of the family, so it makes sense to want to take them everywhere.  But, you are not doing your pet (or yourself!) any favors by offering up the passenger seat. Any unrestrained object can create a driving hazard, and pets are no exception. Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but dogs are not necessarily a driver’s best friend. 

Once becoming aware of the dangers of unrestrained pets, owners of such pets are three times as likely to use a pet restraint system in the car. Read on to learn more.

What are the Dangers of Driving With an Unrestrained Pet?

deadly driving habits to avoid
Many of us have bad driving habits that we engage in and never think seriously about the risks that they pose. When driving a vehicle, any mistake can turn deadly in a matter of seconds. Stay safe on the road by avoiding these dangerous driving mistakes:

1. Speeding

This is common knowledge: speed increases the danger of collisions by increasing their impact and, therefore, increasing the possibility of injury or death. Indeed, speed is a contributing factor in 26% of all fatal crashes. It may be tempting to travel more quickly, particularly if you are running behind schedule. However, it is not worth the chance (or inconvenience) of getting a ticket, and it certainly is not worth putting your life or anyone else’s at risk. Drive at a speed appropriate for the traffic. By maintaining a slower speed, you will be much safer.

safe driving during deer season
In autumn, deer become more active as they prepare for mating season. During this time, you’re more likely to see deer on the road which can result in a higher risk of deer-related vehicle accidents. To reduce the risk of hitting a deer, always stay alert while driving and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Here are a few driving safety pointers to keep in mind.

1. Be Cautious While Driving At Dusk Or Dawn

While deer can be seen throughout the day and night, they are mostly crepuscular animals, meaning they tend to appear most commonly at dawn and dusk. During these times, visibility is lower so slow down and use high-beam headlights to see better—but be sure to tone them down when oncoming traffic approaches in order not to obscure other drivers’ vision. Bright lights can reflect off the eyes of deer and make it easier to spot them in the dark. While your regular headlights will reflect off a deer’s eyes from nearby, your high beams will cast light further and will help you spot deer from a greater distance. By looking out for that reflection, you should have more time to slow down and pass the deer safely.

Person driving while using a cell phone
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), roads are more dangerous now than ever. One of the biggest dangers to be aware of, whether you’re commuting to work or driving with your family, is distracted driving. We hope to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and help eliminate preventable deaths and injuries on our roadways. 

Please read on for more information about distracted driving, what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver, and when you should contact a personal injury lawyer.

What Is Distracted Driving?

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