Traveling with a dog in the car: Tips for keeping your pet safe while riding in a vehicle – USA TODAY

For National Dog Day, canine lovers hoping to take their dogs out for a car ride to celebrate can use Nissan’s tips to keep their pets safe. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pet adoptions started to soar and Americans are opting to travel by car rather than airplanes. Over 71 percent of consumers are more comfortable traveling by car than plane this summer, according to Nissan. Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of recent adoptions are by those with little or no previous pet experience, a Rover report found. 

“Often drivers may hit the road and just have their pet jump in the back seat for the ride. For a small investment and an extra minute or two, you can take steps to help ensure your pet is secured in the car,” said Brandon Sanders, product safety expert at Nissan North America. 

Dog riding in car with face out the window.

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Buckle up

One recommended way to secure a pet is to use a chest-style harness in the rear seating position. Run a seat belt through a loop