Schools are closed for the summer this week and many parents are taking the opportunity to embark on family trips across the UK.
However, new research has found that drivers face a fine if they choose to travel with their pets during summer school vacation.
Pet owners are legally allowed to travel with their furry companions in the car, but what most don’t know is that by not following the travel rules set out in the highway code, they are exposed to a fine of £ 13,000 in total.
Research of Pierre Vardy revealed five mistakes pet owners make when driving with dogs – and should correct them immediately to avoid fines.
1. Traveling with your dog in hot weather could result in a fine of £ 2,000 and a charge of animal cruelty
It is well known that pets should not be left in a hot parked car for an extended period of time, otherwise owners could be charged with animal cruelty and fined £ 2,000.
What the British don’t know, however, is that this also applies to driving on long journeys.
Direct sunlight through windows can cause the temperature inside your vehicle to skyrocket, and a warm enclosed space can cause pets to overheat and heat stroke symptoms.
If you are going for a long trip in hot weather, you should take regular breaks and consider investing in sun shades to keep your pet cool.
2. Letting pets out of the car on the emergency lane could cost £ 2,500
Rule 56 of the highway code states that if you are broken down on an emergency lane, you must not let your pets get out of the car.
This could not only distract other drivers, but a frightened animal could lose control and run into the road causing an accident. Failure to do so could result in a reckless driving fine of up to £ 2,500.
3. Failure to properly secure your pets could cost you £ 5,000
Traveling isn’t all about putting pets in the back seat and hoping for the best.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that dogs must be “well restrained” so that they do not injure you or themselves.
If a freely roaming pet causes you to swerve or break you suddenly, you could be fined for reckless driving of up to £ 5,000.
A crash tested pet seat belt, secure cage or baby carrier are the most suitable options for securing your pooch.
4. A distracting dog could fined you £ 1,000.
Puppies who are uncomfortable with car trips may resort to howling or difficulty when trying to get out of their crate.
These manifestations of car anxiety can distract drivers, meaning they are likely to be stopped by police and fined £ 1,000 for not having “proper control” of a driver. vehicle.
5. A dog sticking its head out of the window can cost you 3 points and a fine of £ 2,500.
Many pets like to stick their heads out of car windows when traveling. Not only could this be a sign of an improperly restrained pet, it could also distract other drivers who are traveling at high speeds.
Although this is not a legal requirement set out in the law, you could still be arrested for “careless and reckless driving” which comes with three points on your license and a fine. of £ 2,500.