Here are a few tips on how to travel safely with your pet, whether it be a four-legged friend, a bird (whether in a cage or free) or a fish in an aquarium.
Under section 442 of the Highway Safety Code, driving a road vehicle in circumstances where an animal obstructs your view or interferes with the proper handling of the vehicle is prohibited.
If you do so anyway, you are committing an offence and, in addition to risking an accident, you face a fine of $100.
In the event of an accident or sudden braking, the weight of your pet—and of its carrier (if there is one)—is multiplied by 20. That's quite the projectile!
Depending on the size of your pet, we recommend that you:
Not only is this prohibited, but, in addition to interfering with your driving, your pet could be seriously injured should the airbag be deployed.
If the windows are rolled down too far, your pet could face any number of dangers: flying rocks, insects, vehicles that pass too close to yours. If a problem occurs, you may end up causing an accident, even if you are driving slowly.
For all these reasons, it is best to only roll your windows down enough to allow for good air circulation without compromising the safety of your pet.
Pets are not immune to heatstroke. Even with the windows open, the car’s temperature can rise quickly and prove fatal to your pet.
Last update: June 15, 2022