Keep pets safe and prevent distractions with these tips.
Rein in cats and dogs.
A pet left loose in a moving vehicle isn't just a distraction: Regardless of whether the animal is calm or active, it can become a hazardous projectile in the event of a sudden stop. Keep your furry companion in a well-ventilated crate strapped securely in the backseat or in a specially designed harness attached to a backseat buckle.
Keep your lap free.
A car is not the place to cuddle. Driving with a cat or dog in your lap is dangerous enough to be outlawed in some states, and you should keep your animal out of the front seat altogether. Tempting as it is to interact by feeding, petting, or snapping photos of your animal, stay focused and leave both hands on the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that looking away from the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash.