CHESHIRE, United Kingdom — During rush hour, a private detective from Cheshire, United Kingdom, saw what he thought was a small dog driving a Mercedes on the high way.
Oliver Gee was shocked when he looked over toward the car driving next to him on the M6 and saw what appeared to be a small dog operating the vehicle. It was so bizarre that Gee’s passenger grabbed his call phone and captured the moment on film.
“I noticed something in the corner of my eye and when I looked all I could see was this tiny dog who could barely see over the steering wheel,” Gee told The Mirror UK.
Clearly, the dog wasn’t driving the car. It was sitting on the lap of the driver who had leaned his seat back far enough that he became invisible to Gee and his friend. This begs the question, how safe is it to drive with a dog on your lap?
As much as we adore watching our dogs riding with the air flapping between their ears, the most unsafe spot for your dog in the car is on the lap of the driver.
A dog on the driver’s lap can cause interference with the steering wheel and distract the driver from keeping their eyes on the road. If the dog jumps to the floor it can interfere with the accelerator or brake pedals. In an accident, the airbag could seriously injure a dog.
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To reduce the risk of a serious accident, the best place for your dog to be in secured in the back seat. Some dogs feel more comfortable in a crate and others do very well in a dog-seatbelt. There are several different types of seat belts and you can avoid serious neck injuries if you chose one that attaches to a harness and not a collar.
The next time you’re driving with your dog be a smart driver and make sure you keep yourself safe, your dog safe and all those around you safe.