Auto Insurance Co. Survey Finds 21 Percent of Drivers Allow Fido on Lap

White-and-black dog sitting on back seat of carAuto insurer AAA recently released a survey in which 31 percent of respondents said they have been distracted by their dogs while behind the wheel. More than 20 percent say that they have allowed their dog to sit on their lap while they drove.

The dangers of distracted driving have garnered a lot of attention in the media. With data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showing that 20 percent of vehicle accidents in 2008 involved a distraction, it’s easy to see why attention needs to be brought to the issue.

A person’s risk of getting into an accident doubles when his or her eyes are taken off the road for as little as two seconds, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The car insurance coverage provider encourages motorists to properly restrain dogs in the car for their pets’ safety as well as their own.

“An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert roughly 500 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert 2,400 pounds of pressure,” says AAA National Traffic Safety Programs manager Jennifer Huebner-Davidson. “Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and anyone in the vehicle in its path.”

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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