Driving a car is always more enjoyable when there is someone you can share the ride with. For the most part, it could be a family member or a friend. But for some, a perfect car ride means taking a pet dog along.
It is actually not uncommon to see dogs in cars. However, most pet owners just take their dogs with them without realizing that cars need to be inspected and prepared first in order to have a safe and overall pleasant ride with the pet. Thus, you must know how to check and prepare your car first before going on a road trip with your dog.
1.) Minimize Car Bumpiness
Traveling smoothly with a dog does not only entail proper driving. It also means minimizing a car’s overall bumpiness by means of reducing its vibration. If done so, the chances of a dog having motion sickness would be significantly lessened.
Common signs of a bumpy car include steering wheel vibrations, and shaking or wobbling regardless of speed. Some of the common factors that may cause a car to be unstable include tire, suspension, brake, axle, and engine problems. For tire problems, one must check tire pressure, balance, and wear. As for the suspension, it is important that its every component be checked to see if there needs to be any repair or replacement.
Brake problems, on the other hand, are usually fixed by replacing brake pads when the car shakes during decelerations or when it is making squeaking noise. When the tires are not spinning evenly, it usually means that the car’s axles are either bent or dented. In this case, it obviously would require professional repairing. Lastly, if a car’s engine is causing excessive vibration, it is best to have a mechanic check its overall status as complicated factors like having enough oxygen, spark, or fuel come in play when it comes to engine shakings.
2.) Maintain Optimal Temperature
Dogs are sensitive to changes in temperature. For this reason, it is important to have a stable temperature inside your car. If you are going to a warmer place, it is necessary to have the vehicle’s cooling system functions checked. Conversely, if the destination is a cooler place, the heating system should be thoroughly checked to avoid having problems.
3.) Check Windows, Door Mechanisms and Child Lock
When a dog is let inside a car uncrated, it is likely that it would press buttons or pull handles when it gets bored. For safety reasons, it is best to make sure that the driver has full control of the car’s window and door functions. Having a child lock installed is also recommended when travelling with a dog.
4.) Have the Right Parts for Repair and Replacement
Lastly, having a car optimized for traveling with a dog means having the right parts during repair, replacement, and maintenance. And of all the shops offering automotive parts and accessories, we at Meyers Auto Parts have the widest selection ranging from motor oils and cooling additives to full gasket sets and axle shafts. We offer some of the hardest parts to find, whether it is local or imported. Additionally, when a car part is currently unavailable, our friendly staff will gladly help you locate and acquire the wanted material.
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