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Safety Belts: not just for humans anymore.
“Do you want to go for a ride in the car?” How many of us have said that to our dog(s)? With warmer weather ensuing, this phrase will be used more frequently, but are we and not to mention our pets really safe when we take our dog for a ride?
According to a AAA survey, nearly six in 10 (56 percent) respondents have driven with their dog at least once a month in the past year, however, many participate in behaviors that take their attention away from the road with the most common activity being petting their dog (52 percent). Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) have used their hands or arms to hold their dog in place while applying brakes, and 19 percent have used their hands or arms to keep their dog from climbing into the front seat—creating a situation where they remove at least one hand from the steering wheel.
Other distracting behaviors drivers admitted to include: reaching into the back seat to interact with their dog (18 percent), allowing their dog to sit in their lap or holding their dog (17 percent), giving food or treats (13 percent) and 3 percent have taken a photo of their dog while driving. These behaviors can distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that looking away from the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash. So what if there is a crash?
What about a safety belt?
In the same AAA study, eighty-three percent of respondents acknowledge that an unrestrained dog in a moving car can be dangerous, but only 16 percent currently use a pet safety belt. “Drivers should use a pet restraint system for your dog every time their pet is in the vehicle,” said Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager. A pet safety belt, will not only limit distractions, but also protect you, your pet and other passengers in the event of a crash or sudden stop. Other benefits of a pet safety belt is that is keep your canine in the car. What many of us do not anticipate is that every dog likes to hang their head out the window on a warm summer day, however, not all know to stay in the vehicle. Many pets are treated by Veterinarians for road rash, de-gloving injuries and broken bones from leaping out the window of a moving vehicle.
What is the best safety belt?
To prevent driver distraction and unnecessary injury to our pets, all pets should wear a safety belt, however, according to Lindsey Wolko, founder and CEO of the Center for Pet Safety, “All dog seat belts are not created equal.” That is when Wolko started to look into safety options and that’s where Subaru came in.
Executives found that two-thirds of its drivers own dogs (AAA reports that nearly 90% of U.S. pet owners say they travel with their pets)–so canine safety is particularly important to the brand. And after seeing Wolko talk about the crash test failures on morning talk shows, the automaker commissioned a full CPS report that tested belts for small, medium and large dogs in simulated crashes.
“The thing people don’t think about is that [having a dog in the car] is like carrying an 80 pound sack of spuds behind your seat,” said Michael McHale, director of communications at Subaru of America. AAA says that a 10-pound unrestrained dog in a car traveling 30 miles an hour will exert 300 pounds of force during a crash.
The safety harness results weren’t great. The report revealed, that four of the seven brands tested had “catastrophic failure” during a crash, which CPS defines as allowing the dog to become a projectile or release from the restraint. Only Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness consistently kept dogs from launching off the seat; it was the only restraint deemed to offer substantial protection to all passengers including the dog.
Subaru and CPS enlisted MGA Research Corporation, an independent lab often contracted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to study commonly available pet safety harnesses, to compile the report. CPS recreated the same crash tests used to rate child safety products.
Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness similar in concept to the three-point seatbelt federally required in all vehicles. Straps enclosed in Clickit Utility’s broad, padded vest hug the upper torso of a dog to absorb forward movement, while belts anchor the lower torso and reduce forward and lateral movement. The three-point design that secures the dog in its space diminishes the opportunity for collision with parts of the vehicle and passengers, and reduces the chance for traumatic injuries that can be associated with one-point dog safety harness designs that can catapult a dog’s upper or lower torso forward into front seats, passengers and windows.
Walko stats, “It’s so intuitive for us to just reach over and strap a seat belt on, but people don’t think about using these products for their pets,” but “It’s incredibly important.”
Subaru will be donating three of the Sleepypod’s Clickit Safety Harnesses for a drawing at Vet Partners Pet Hospital Grand Opening Saturday, May 16th from 10 am-4 pm. (3505 Vicksburg Lane #300, Plymouth, MN 55447).
Come and check out the new Hospital, learn about Subaru’s pet friendly vehicles and enter your pet to win a Safety Harness, so there is no hesitation to go for, “a ride in the car” this summer!
Dog Safety with Subaru: Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness by Dr. Angela Woodward Vet Partners Pet Hospital-Plymouth
This past Saturday Morrie’s Automotive Group held its first Teen Defensive Driving School of the season, teaming up with Gary Curtis and other instructors from Brainerd International Raceway to educate teens on how to better handle their vehicles. Established by Morrie’s last year, the teen driving program teaches teens the necessary driving skills that they simply don’t learn in traditional driver’s ed program. These skills help teens avoid accidents and help them learn what to do when the unavoidable comes their way. The eight hour course exposes teens to potentially dangerous conditions in a controlled, safe environment, building muscle memory brings monumental benefits in the real world.
After setting up a course in the parking lot at Dunwoody Technical College designed to test teens maneuvering, spatial awareness and handling dynamics, Gary walked the students through the dangers of diving, what to look out for on the road, and how to avoid an accident. Once out on the course, the students were given one on one training while parents enjoyed watching their teens from a safe distance. At the end of the day, everyone had a great time and learned some really valuable skills to help them stay safe on the road.
Morrie’s Automotive Group will be hosting more of these events on a monthly basis throughout the summer, however space is filling fast. Follow the link below to learn more about Morrie’s Teen Driving School and to sign-up your teen!
After decades of building small affordable vehicles, Hyundai is really starting to make their way to the top in terms of quality and reliability. According to the latest Vehicle Health Index Report, Hyundai has surpassed Toyota which has been a giant for years in the industry as the lowest-cost repaired vehicle. What this means for current owners of Hyundai vehicles is that down the road you will be saving more money than any other car owner that bought from another manufacturer.
You are especially in luck if you own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra which breaks into the top 10 at No. 8 of the overall least repaired vehicles. This has been published through a website called CarMD which surveys the repair costs of all the manufacturers.
If you haven’t already considered a Hyundai the time may be now. Hyundai has the lowest cost of repairs among any car on the road, . Make sure to check out Morrie’s 394 Hyundai on the web or stop by to see for yourself what makes the Hyundai so great!
I realize it’s not quite winter yet and personally I’m not hauling kids to soccer practice or anything, but having an SUV for the evening was certainly a welcomed change. Something about jumping up into this SUV rather than fall down to the ground into my old car, gives you a feeling of comfort and security. I was able to borrow a 2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD (with the Leather & Premium Package) for the evening and I soon realized just how great it was. There were a couple things I noticed that I really enjoyed right away that I haven’t really given much thought to until I was actually using some of these features.
The available back-up camera that comes in the Leather & Premium Package is a 4.3” touchscreen color display and really makes life a whole lot easier. I feel like that, paired with the standard Bluetooth system is something once you have it, it would be tough to give up. Low and behold, I took the Santa Fe on Friday the 13th and was just waiting for something bad to arise and it never happened. Like I mentioned, it has the hidden sense of security until you actually realize how safe this Santa Fe Sport is. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control all on top of Anti-lock brakes, these things are the platform from what safety is built on. I just felt like the more and more I drove around, the more I didn’t want to bring it back.
Not to mention Hyundai’s reliability factor and America’s best warranty a 10-year, 100,000 miles power train warranty (trumped by our Morrie’s Lifetime Power Train Warranty) and a 5-year, 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty.
So you’re probably saying, “What about space and room for all of my stuff?” Yes, I actually do need to haul my kids to hockey and soccer practice. Just behind the front seats alone there is 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which in real life terms means, in fact, you will be able to haul the kids around and all their junk no problem (I meant gear and bags…). The rear seats which are heated also with the leather package, conveniently fold almost flat on either side or just the middle can fold flat if you need room for the hockey sticks and still put all the bags in the back. I was starting to think that the more time I spent in the Santa Fe Sport, the more I could really get used to all this space behind me. I ended up at the grocery store and it was almost embarrassing how much more I could have gotten away with buying and fitting in the back.
So, on a final note, if you haven’t checked out the Santa Fe Sport (or the larger 7-passenger Santa Fe) for your next vehicle, I think you owe it to yourself to stop by Morrie’s and give it a test drive. Between the streaming bluetooth music, the perfectly placed buttons on the steering wheel or the quiet and comfort interior, this vehicle really showed it’s a strong competitor for any SUV buyer.
Adam Karon is a Marketing Manager in the Twin Cities and constantly on the move. We were happy to be able to provide him with a Hyundai Santa Fe for the night so he could get a feel for the convenience, safety and comfort this crossover has to offer.