Dog safety warning issued as pet is seen hanging out of car window in viral video

Dog saved from falling into road from moving car by seat belt

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TikTok user darianleigh92_ shared a clip of her Boston Terrier dog Archie dangling out of the front window by its harness while the car was stationary. However, during the clip, Darian says the dog had actually jumped out of the car “while it was moving”.

She said the clip was a ”good example” of why a tight-fitting harness and seatbelt were “so important” for pets.

Experts at TravelSupermarket have backed up the claims and urged road users to consider other options before a simple restraint.

Experts also urged motorists to never let their animal stick its head out of the window as it could lead to serious consequences.

They said: “Although your dog may enjoy sticking its head (and tongue) out of the window, it is unsafe to do so.

“It’s also illegal. According to Law 57 of the Highway Code, which says your dog should be suitably restrained so they cannot distract the driver or injure you, or themselves if you have to stop quickly.

“Before buying any restraints, consider whether a dog guard, seat belt or pet carrier is right for your pooch (and for the size of your car).

“It’s also important to ensure the restraint has been crash-tested.”

The experts warned many British drivers were unaware it was against the law to travel with animals that are not wearing a seatbelt or restraint.

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Not only could this put the animal in danger in the event of sudden movements or a crash but this could also distract the driver.

Road users are likely to be issued fines or points on their licence if their animal is not properly secured.

This could come under driving without due care and attention which has a maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points.

According to TravelSupermarket, interest in dog harnesses surged by 200 percent last year.

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