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Distracted By Dog While Driving
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If you have a dog, or have had a dog, you know many of them love to go for a ride. Whether it be sticking their head out the window or just looking out the window, some dogs just love the car. But, how safe are you when you drive with your dog? Well, according to new AAA and Kurgo Pet Products survey, 65 percent of pet owners have “engaged in at least one potentially distracting activity while driving with their dog.”

You may say, “What have I done that is distracting while my dog was in the car with me?” Well, how about petting your dog while you drive? According to the survey, 52 percent of pet owners have pet their dog as they drive. So, while we are on the subject of taking one hand off the wheel to pet your dog–23 percent of pet owners have either used their arm or their hand to hold their four-legged friend in place. Also, 19 percent of those polled say they have used with their arm or their hand to keep their dog from jumping to the front seat from the backseat.

According to the survey, another distracting behavior while driving with your dog is letting your dog sit on their lap or holding the dog as you drive. Out of those polled, 17 percent say they have done this.

Your dog probably loves treats, right? Well, maybe you want to hold-off on the treats while you drive. 13 percent of pet owners say they have given their dog food or treats while they were driving the car.

Does your dog distract you when you drive? What distracting things have you done while your pooch was in the car with you?

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