In a car crash at just 35 miles per hour, a 60-pound dog becomes a 2,700-pound projectile that is strong enough to kill the dog and the occupants inside the car. Even the smallest dog can generate up to 500 pounds of projectile force. Thirty-five miles per hour is within the speed limit on residential streets - now imagine the damage if the car was speeding down a multi-lane highway. Fascinatingly scary, isn’t it?
But while you’re thinking “OMG!” did you know a 2018 study conducted by Volvo and the Harris Poll showed that 48 percent of owners do not have any dog car safety gear. We did a quick survey around the BlackboxMyCar office and unfortunately, more than half of us here don’t. It’s not uncommon to see dogs on the driver’s lap, in the front passenger seat, running from side to side in the car, or poking their head out the window.
So, what can we do to ensure our arms are not the only thing stopping pooch from catapulting out of the car?