Consumer Reports: Pet travel safety

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You know to buckle up you and the family in the car. But what about your pets? (WLS)

You know to buckle up you and the family in the car. But what about your pets?

Before you hit the road with your dog, Consumer Reports has something you might not have thought about.

The evidence is clear: Strapping children in cars is a must. But what about pets?

Many people don't realize that unrestrained pets can cause serious injury to passengers and to themselves.

"During a crash or if you slam on the brakes, pets can act as projectiles if they are not secured. And they can also distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road," said Consumer Reports Auto Expert Jen Stockburger.

The market is full of pet restraining products, everything from harnesses to carriers. However, many labeled 'crash tested' are based only on manufacturers' claims.

But the Center for Pet Safety along with Subaru conducted tests in 2015. They tested harnesses, crates for bigger dogs, and carriers for small dogs and cats and concluded among the top performing pet restraints are the Sleepypod Air carrier for about $160.

The Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate crate for $500 and the Sleepypod Clickit Sport which will run between $70 and $80.

"You want peace of mind, because you never know when that crash is going to happen," said Lindsey Wolko, founder of the Center for Pet Safety.

Traveling safely with pets takes some extra planning, but in the end Consumer Reports says, it's worth it.

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