These days, more pets than ever are traveling in vehicles. Unfortunately, though, most drivers aren’t taking the steps necessary to ensure that this travel is safe for both them and their pets.
Jul 22, 2010 – These days, more pets than ever are traveling in vehicles. Unfortunately, though, most drivers aren’t taking the steps necessary to ensure that this travel is safe for both them and their pets. Most pets travel unrestrained, increasing the risk of pet injury or fatality during an accident.
“As a responsible pet owner, it is critical that the owner seeks out, investigates and purchases the safest gear available,” says Pet Safety Lady Christina Selter, the founder of Bark Buckle UP. “From pet carriers, trailers and sidecars, to goggles and helmets, there are multiple ways to safeguard your pet while still being able to enjoy the freedom of motorcycle travel.”
Let’s be honest: There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s bigger than your bike. But there’s a lot you can do to help keep yourself safe while riding.
Allstate Insurance Company recommends the following when riders are out on the road:
• Always wear a helmet that fits right. Pick one that has the DOT label, which shows that it meets federal safety standards.
• Know your bike’s limits.
• Stick to the speed limit.
• Don’t tailgate other vehicles.
• Use your signals.
• Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.
• Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
• Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.
“Even if you have been riding for years, it’s a good idea to take a close look at your motorcycle insurance coverage,” says Allstate New York spokesperson Krista Conte. To help make sure you have the protection you need, contact your local Allstate agent.
ABOUT PET SAFETY LADY
“Pet Safety Lady” Christina Selter, the founder of Bark Buckle UP, has been featured on more than 250 news network shows nationwide over the past few years, as well as in print and on radio. She travels the nation teaching pet safety to pet owners, and her efforts are supported by fire departments, police, Coast Guard and EMT personnel. She recently produced the free pet safety class DVD series, was filmed in her first national pet safety television commercial, and is currently producing a pet safety PSA for 2010. For more information, please visit www.barkbuckleup.com and www.petsafetylady.com.
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