We all look out for kids, cyclists and pedestrians when driving, but what about those smaller fur-family members?
Here are some easy tips to be a safer driver for pets everywhere.
#1 Know where your pet is around the home
Cats love to curl up under your car, while dogs can get over-excited when you pull up at home. So play it safe, and take it slowly when leaving or arriving home. Also, make sure you check around the car before getting behind the wheel.
#2 Treat all suburban streets as a 'Pet zone'.
Like we have school zones, take extra care in areas where domestic cats and dogs likely live. On suburban streets, slow down your speed, keep an eye on driveways and for movement out the corner of your eyes.
#3 Use slow braking
If a dog or cat stops in front of your car, start braking in a controlled manner. Don't swerve or honk because the frightened pet might run in the that same direction or into oncoming traffic.
What to do if you hit a pet
We understand that sometimes accidents do happen. If you are in that unfortunate situation where you do hit a pet here are some tips on what to do next.
- Don't speed away or stop suddenly. Instead, find somewhere safe to pull over and park your car.
- Ensure it's safe before getting out, as injured animals can also be dangerous. Cover your skin and wear gloves to prevent scratches if you do approach. Walk up calmly from behind.
- Check the collar for the owner and contact them. You can also call the police on 555 or a local animal shelter. They'll help you with what to do next and have the contact details for the nearest vet. You can also take the animal to the nearest vet, regardless of whether the pet is a patient.