5 Tips for Driving with Your Dog


We have all heard of the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend”. For most of us who love the company of our dogs, we can’t help but want to bring along our furry co-pilot. However, it’s not all fun and games when your beloved pet becomes a distraction. Before embarking on a journey with your pup, we recommend checking out these 5 tips for driving with your dog:


  1. Be aware of the laws for driving with dogs. If you are planning a road trip with your pet, make sure you are aware of what the laws dictate, as they vary from place to place. Some states even indicate that your dog must be in a crate or carrier at all times.

  2. Figure out if your dog gets scared or even car sick during drives. If your pup gets scared, you can start with shorter rides, eventually working up to something longer. If your dog gets sick, you can head on over to your vet for some nausea medicine or another solution.

  3. Keep food and water handy. You never what could happen, so it’s always good to be prepared with some extra food and water. We think it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when dealing with our passengers, even our furry ones.

  4. Make sure your dog stays in the back. It’s tempting to have our dogs sit up front with us, especially if they are small. However, they can create a big distraction, diverting your attention away from the road.

  5. Try your best to avoid locking your dog in the car. In the summer, temperatures can rise, which increases the chance of heat stroke and suffocation. In colder weather, your pet could suffer if left in the car too long.


An unexpected breakdown would be much more difficult with your faithful pup. To prevent those unwanted surprises, let our team of technicians take a look at your vehicle for any signs of concern. With these tips, along with our team’s watchful eye, we think you will able to enjoy your trip with your furry co-pilot. To schedule an appointment at Nordgren Automotive, call us at (763) 703-1365.