06/18/2012 05:46 EDT

Travelling With Pets Safely: Quick Study (INFOGRAPHIC)


There's something absolutely adorable about seeing a car drive by you on the road with a dog's head hanging out the window, panting eagerly at the sights. But while adorable, it's also very dangerous.

Approximately 60 per cent of pet owners bring their pets with them when they travel, according to, and safety is high on the list of priorities. But as families start thinking about getting out of town with summer road trips, they're probably not considering the one thing pet safety experts say can make a huge difference in their animal's well-being -- restraining their pets while driving, either by specially created seatbelts or other means, like a crate.

Laws concerning animal restraints in cars have been debated for years, with those against the idea claiming it infringes on the owner's freedom, and those for legislation pointing out that a pet can, among other things, become a heavy projectile in an accident.

This infographic from breaks down some key information about travelling safely with your pet in the car. You might want to consider its message before you get on the road with the family -- two-legged or four -- this summer:

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