Holiday Survival Guide: Taking pets on the road safely

Consumer Reports found the best vehicle safety devices for pets. (IMAGE: CONSUMER REPORTS TV)

The holiday season means it's time to hit the road to visit loved ones, and for many, that road trip includes the family pet.

Many people don’t realize that unrestrained pets can cause serious injury to passengers and to themselves.

Jen Stockburger, auto expert for Consumer Reports said, "During a crash or if you slam on the brakes, pets can act as projectiles if they are not secured. And they can also distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road."

The market is full of pet restraining products, from harnesses to carriers, but many are labeled "crash tested" based only on manufacturers' claims.

But the Center for Pet Safety, along with Subaru, conducted tests in 2015- looking at harnesses, crates for bigger dogs, and carriers for small dogs and cats.

Testers concluded among the top performing pet restraints are:

•For pet carriers, the PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with an Isofix-Latch Connection, $252, and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, $170 to $190.

•For pet crates, Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate, $500, with 8’ Tie-Down Straps, $75.

•And for pet harnesses, the Sleepypod Clickit Sport, $70 to $90, and Sleepypod Clickit Utility, $90 to $100.

You can learn more about the testing from the Center for Pet Safety.

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