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Survey shows 72% of drivers ride with their pets

Monday, September 21, 2015  
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Seventy-two percent of drivers bring their pets along for rides, but most don't use restraints to keep their furry friends safe, according to a new survey. recently asked 1,000 drivers if they have pets that ride as passengers (722 said they do), what type of animal they own, if they restrain their pets while in the car and if they have had an accident due to a pet distraction.

Here are the key findings among drivers who take their animal companions with them on the road:

  • 80 % of drivers have only dogs in the car
  • 13% ride with both dogs and cats
  • 6 % ride only with cats
  • 1 % ride with "other" animals, including parrots, parakeets, rabbits, ferrets and fish

Of the drivers who choose to cruise with their pets, most also let them roam around the vehicle:

  • 40 % use a restraint "sometimes"
  • 33 % said they "always" restrain their pets
  • 27 % "never" use restraints

Thirty-six percent of drivers who travel with pets in their cars let the animals sit in their laps. More men (43 percent) than women (29 percent) do so.  Click here to read more.....

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