Why this is important: How many car accidents do you think happen each day in the US? 1000? 10,000? The number might shock you: it is estimated to be over 17,000. Per DAY. You might be a fantastic, safe driver. But you have zero control over other drivers or how your car will react to weather and road conditions.
Now, you might think that just a little fender bender might not be so bad if your Chi is on your lap or free in the car. However, in a car going 25 MPH, a Chihuahua weighing 5 pounds will be thrown with the force of a 125-pound object. Going at 35? He'll be thrown with the force of a 175-pound object.
Let's look at what happens with a larger Chihuahua (it's not any better).
For a 8 pound Chi, a 25 MPH crash sends him flying with the force of a 200-pound object and at 35 MPH it's 280 lbs.
On the highway, going 60
MPH, the 5-pound dog is sent crashing into the interior of the car with a force of a 300-pound object and for the 8-pound dog the crash force is 520.
So, needless to say that if your Chihuahua has not been riding in a certificated canine car seat, making this be your New Year's resolution can save his life.
Your Chihuahua deserves to be
buckled up, in the same way
as a child does
In addition, the right car seat can greatly improve issues of motion sickness and restlessness that can happen when a dog does not have proper positioning.
If you choose this New Year's resolution for your Chihuahua:
A booster seat is best. This gives a Chi the ability to have line-of-sight out of the windows, which cuts down on car sickness. The safest place for the seat is in the middle of the back seat. If you choose to place this on your front passenger seat, please shut off any automatic passenger air bags and move the seat as far back as it can go.