Does your pet love to ride in the car?
Some safety tips for driving with your pet on National Pet Day.
It is very common to see pets as passengers. However, traveling in automobiles can be extremely dangerous for your family pet – and you. It involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few road safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and drive with Fido.
Keep pets safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure the crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
Secure your pet in the car. Just like any passenger, buckle them up.
If you decide to skip the crate, do not allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. tThe wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or litter into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects (rocks, litter, etc) as you drive down the road.
It is always recommended that the dog be in the back seat or storage area of the car, especially if the car has airbags. While airbags save lives of people, they can seriously injure pets.
Keep food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
Be sure to bring bottled water and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Drinking water from an area he is not used to could result in stomach troubles.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car heat up very quickly. Likewise, in cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold.
Last but not least, always watch the road. As cute as they are, do not let your pet distract you while you’re driving.
Each and every one of us has been somehow, either directly or indirectly, impacted by breast cancer.
- In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Since, 1990, early detection and treatment have resulted in a significant decline in breast cancer mortality in America.
- Today, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
It is with these statistics in mind and to honor those near and dear to us that have courageously fought this battle that we at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. have decided to make a monetary donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every sponsorship sign sold starting in October.
Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.”
Susan G. Komen’s mission is achieved through the funding of research, education, screening and treatment programs throughout the world.
Collective efforts can make a huge impact; whether it be cleaner highways or fighting breast cancer, you can make a difference. Consider sponsoring a highway today to help fund a cure for breast cancer.
Litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than $11.5 billion annually, with businesses paying for approximately 80%; local/state governments, schools, and other organizations picking up (pun intended!) the remaining 20%. According to Keep America Beautiful’s latest Litter Study, here are some interesting facts:
- More than 50 billion pieces of litter are on U.S. roadways each year.
- The majority of this trash is less than 4 inches, making it difficult to clean-up.
- That is the equivalent of 6,729 pieces of trash per mile of roadway.
- As you may guess, tobacco products (cigarette butts and packaging) make up about 40% of this litter. Plastic and paper are the next biggest categories.
- Roadway litter comes from both drivers and pedestrians. Drivers cause (52%), pedestrians (23%), and improperly covered truck loads (16%).
The cost of cleaning up litter is high, but so are the environmental consequences. Wind and weather, traffic, and animals move litter around, potentially into gutters, lawns and landscaped areas, alleyways, and parking structures. Litter near storm drains and beach debris are also likely to wash into local waterways, with potential for serious environmental contamination.
Let’s stop this trashy habit!
It is back-to-school season, which means a little more traffic – bike, pedestrian and car. As summer draws to a close and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 55 million children across the United States will head back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school.
Please make it safe for children by paying extra attention when driving. According to AAA, more than 65% of drivers exceed the speed limit within school zones at peak school hours. Be responsible and remember that children may not have the skills or knowledge to pay attention to traffic. Be safe, rather than sorry by following these easy safety tips:
- Drive without distraction – no cell phones, texting or adjusting the radio
- Obey school zone speed limits
- Pick a safe location for drop-off and pick-up of children
- Stop for school buses
- Be aware and watch for bikes and give them room to navigate
Every child deserves a safe route to school – help by taking a little extra care.