dogs, driving laws & dog driving tips

I’ve never actually looked up California’s dog driving laws. I  just assumed police officers have better things to do than nab people driving with their dogs. Unless, of course, you live in Irvine, CA.

This morning I decided to look them up, and here’e what I learned:

There are no law regulating where dogs may sit within your car during transportation.  However, there are laws that regulate transporting your dog in a truck bed, viewable here.

But, that’s not to say that you should throw common sense out the window. I read a lot of helpful tips in my research that I’d like to pass along to you. Here they are, accompanied by several picture of Poki breaking all those rule. (Oops. I promise I’ll be better from here on out.)

1. You have airbags. Although they’re meant to save lives, they’re also extremely dangerous. The force of an airbag hitting your dog could be fatal.

This is dangerous.

This is dangerous.

2. Open windows are the portals to disaster. (Most) dogs love letting their ears flap in the wind of an open window. Adorable: yes. Dangerous: double yes.  Any bump, swerve, sudden stop, etc., can have your dog catapulting out your window. Don’t let your dog catapult out your window.  Close them, or at least have them at a reasonable height.

This is dangerous too.

This is dangerous too.

3. Don’t get distracted. Is your dog digging into your car seats? Farting? Barfing? Crying? Being cute? Ignore it. Safety comes first. Use your best judgment. If you feel like your dog needs serious attention, pull over.

Don't him, he's just up to no good.

Don’t mind him, he’s just up to no good.

4. Your center console is not a doggy platform. Why? Because with one hard brake, they could end up smashed against your windshield or accidentally shifting your gears.

Nothing good can come from standing on the center console. (Except this funny picture.)

Nothing good can come from standing on the center console. (Except this funny picture.)

And lastly..

5. The backseat is where the party’s at. My best advice for you is it have your dog sit in the backseat, if you can, especially for long trips. I usually put Poki’s dog bed back there and he just curls up and snoozes for the trip.

Come join my wild backseat party. BYOB. (Bring your own bed.)

Come join my wild backseat party. BYOB. (Bring your own bed.)

For more information on transporting your pooch, check out the DMVs website here for their traveling tips.

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