You don't want to confine your pet to a crate, but you're concerned about your pet's safety -- and with good reason. A dog traveling in a car going 30 mph (48 kph) would hit the seat, floor, dashboard, window or you with hundreds of pounds of force behind it if you got into an accident [source: Pet Travel].
Just as you wouldn't let your child roam around freely in the backseat as you drive down the highway, you shouldn't let your dog do that, either. Obviously a regular seatbelt (alone) won't work -- you'll need a pet safety harness, instead. The harness, a series of straps and buckles that work together often in conjunction with your car's safety belt, restrain your pet much like a normal human seat belt. You should also consider checking with your state or municipality, as several places have enacted laws requiring some degree of restraint for your pet. You just might find out that a pet safety harness is actually required in your state.
So far, you've learned about a few of the many pet travel accessories on the market designed for ease, safety and comfort. Visit the next page to discover the steps you should take to ensure your pet's safety in your automobile, whether you are loading up on accessories or not.