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What You Need to Know Before Bringing Your Pet on the Road

There’s nothing wrong with adoring your pet and wanting to take it everywhere with you, even on road trips. However, there are some major safety concerns when it comes to taking your animal on the road. Read on to learn some key road trip tips for pet owners.


If you want to travel on the road with your pet(s), be prepared to do some extra preparation. Here are our top tips for road-tripping with animals:

  • Protect your pet. Your pet safety should, without question, always be a priority. Create a safe and comfortable environment for your pet in the car. Please avoid leaving your animal unrestrained in the vehicle. In circumstances where you might have a window open, your cat or dog could lean too far over and accidentally fall out. Braking too abruptly can also send your pet flying from one part of the car to the other. We recommend that you bring a kennel or some harness to keep your furry friend protected. 
  • Remember to pack appropriately for your pet. It always helps to make a checklist of items to pack, even a list for your companion. As a responsible owner, do not skip out on packing your pet's food or water. We advise that you carry some extra cash just in case you have to buy last-minute things.
  • Periodic stops are to be expected. Your cute friend will need to stop for stretch and bathroom breaks too. If your trip is long, then preplan your rest stops ahead of time to avoid confusion.
  • Keep your pet entertained. To make the ride more manageable for everybody, you will want to keep your companion entertained and engaged. Consider bringing your animal their favorite toy. 

We can guarantee that your little adventure will be more joyful when you take your furry friend(s) with you. Before you embark on your plans, make sure your vehicle is safe enough for the drive for you, your pet, and others on the road. Our expert technicians can give you a complete pre-trip inspection before you head out of town. If you need an inspection, give us a call or visit River City Tire & Automotive today.

312 E 35th St Davenport, IA 52806 (563) 386-2700
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