Taking your Lab on a road trip is usually a terrific idea, but letting your furry baby sit on your lap while driving is definitely a no-no.
You may consider it a bonding moment but once your Lab gets distracted by anything or goes under the steering wheel – where the accelerator and brakes are located – it will spell trouble for you, your dog, every passenger in the car and other drivers on the road.
It is a no-brainer. It does not take a genius to know the dangers of such act but surprisingly, there’s no law that says you can’t have a dog on your lap when you drive.
Still, that doesn’t mean you should let your dog take the wheel.
In Southern Nevada, there are broader ordinances that essentially prohibit motorists from driving with pets on their laps.
According to Trooper Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol, police officers can cite motorists for negligent driving, imprudent driving or failure to pay full attention to driving for any number of distractions.
All these go beyond just pets in a motorist’s lap.Police officers can stop motorists if they believe a driver isn’t able to drive safely -because she’s applying makeup or ChapStick, or fiddling with the radio dial.
When traveling with your dog, there are safety harnesses you can use to ensure his or her safety but it’s best to use a pet carrier.
Dogs may love to stick their heads out the window, but it’s better to keep your buddy safe.