Can Animals Ride In A Towed Vehicle?

Can Animals Ride In A Towed Vehicle

A recent study found that animals can ride in a towed vehicle. It’s not recommended to do so, but it is possible.

The study was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and they are urging people to not put their pets in a towed car because of the danger it poses.

However, if you were interested in doing this for an animal reason, there are some precautions you need to take before doing so.

Can animals ride in a towed vehicle?

Yes, they can, but it is not recommended.

In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers wanted to see if animals could survive a towed vehicle accident.

They had a crash test dummy dog in the front seat and 11 dogs that were alive in a towing dolly at various speeds. All of the live dogs survived the crashes with only one getting injured.

The kennel was installed incorrectly which is why there were no injuries observed by this study.

Researchers warn pet owners not to put their pets in any moving vehicles due to potential dangers such as suffocation and flying through the windshield during an accident or sudden stop.

Have you ever seen an animal fly through a windshield? It’s horrible! Also, it’s not safe for the animal if they are in a towing dolly, even though this study showed that they were fine.

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Can animals ride in a towed vehicle? Yes, if done correctly.

There is an installation method recommended by the pet industry where you can transport your pet safely. 

It consists of using two harnesses and a leash which attach to the dog crumple zones built into the car or truck.

The lower mounting point should be at least three inches from the ground and six inches from their chest.

Use a tether strap to secure your pets head away from any windows and windshields.

This will help avoid injury or death if there is an accident or sudden stop. When using the harnesses, you should do a ‘fit test’ before placing your pet inside; make sure they are comfortable and not too tight.

Also, use a seat belt to attach your pet’s leash for added safety.

Remember that if you do put your dog in the front seat, make sure there is nothing hanging down from the rearview mirror or windshield and no airbags released on impact (yes, we know some people like to hang their dogs’ leashes on the rearview mirror – don’t do it! It’s very dangerous!).

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When you’re towing your vehicle, it is always best to keep the towed vehicle in tow for as short of a time period as possible. This will help prevent damage that could occur while driving or when stopping. It also helps reduce driver fatigue and unnecessary wear on the brakes.

The same goes for animals; they can ride in a towed trailer but are not recommended because it may be uncomfortable and there are safety risks involved with an animal inside the cabin area of a moving car or truck.

Generally, it is best to leave your pet at home when you travel with a towed vehicle. However, if the situation calls for travelling and you do not have friends or family available to care for your animal while away from home, then please be sure that the environment of the tow truck cab meets all safety standards required by law.

You should also bring any necessary food and water supplies onboard so they are readily accessible in case of an emergency. And lastly, make sure there is enough room inside the trailer for both you and your furry friend!

Ruby Nicholls

I am a traveling journalist and content creator, in love with the world of Mobile Homes & RVs. I spend my time filling up on new adventures, and sharing them with you so you can feel inspired to travel too! Every experience is different and at the end, we are all tourists of our own lives.

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