With the weather warming up, it’s time to plan family vacations. One family member who needs special travel accommodations is your pet. You might wonder how to best transport your animal while making sure she and others in the vehicle are safe and comfortable. In addition to considerations of comfort, it’s important to note that many states have strict laws regarding methods of pet transportation. In New Jersey, for example, fines start at $250 and can go up to $1,000 for those who don’t adhere to these laws. In fact, in most states if your pet causes you to crash, it’s a violation under the “distracted driving laws.” And in several states, there are laws against leaving your pet unattended in your vehicle.

Mighty Auto Parts wants to help you keep your pet safe, comfortable, and law-abiding. To do this, we offer pet travel accessories for your upcoming trip. We know that when you are traveling, safety and comfort items for your pet are necessities for a successful journey. Regarding safety, there are many OEM vehicle specific Pet Barriers and Harnesses/Restraints that come in various sizes (to fit your vehicle and your pet). Pet Barriers keep your pet safely in the back seat, so you can drive undistracted. Harnesses/Restraints keep your pet in one (comfortable) position, much like a car seat for a baby or toddler. A cargo area mat or liner protects your vehicle’s interior and facilitates post-trip cleanup. Also, consider utilizing a travel bed, which will give your animal a comfortable place to sleep in their unfamiliar lodgings. Also a resalable travel water and food bowl can make a positive impact on your pet’s travel experience.

In addition, consider taking a test drive with your pet in advance if you are not sure how she will do on a long car trip. You can also make a traveling litter box for cats and/or get a new toy for your furry friend’s big trip. It’s also always a good idea to bring your pets’ medical and vaccination records as well as a current photograph. And remember to never, under any circumstances, leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, especially during warmer months. Even if you are just running into the store for a few minutes, a mild day of 75 degrees becomes 118 degrees inside your car, and it does so quickly. A 90-degree day can heat your car to 160 degrees in less than ten minutes. Leaving your window cracked does not offer enough relief to keep your furry family member safe.

To help ensure pleasant travels, we need to make sure that our pets are properly taken care of. Mindful planning and procuring the right equipment for your journey will keep your entire family safe and happy and possibly avoid any unnecessary tickets or other problems on the road. To learn more and help get your vehicle road-trip ready, visit us today at MightyAutoParts.com.