AA survey reveals one in four have driven with unrestrained pet in car

By Mark Keane

Nearly one in four motorists have driven with an unrestrained pet in the car, according to AA research.

AA Car Insurance surveyed over 4,000 motorists and found that 24.88 per cent of motorists had driven with an unrestrained pet in their car.

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 24.88% of motorists admitted to driving with an unrestrained pet in their car

According to the survey, 6.67% of respondents said that it had occurred within the past month.

“Many people will have seen our new car insurance advertising campaign with our dog Mulligan, who is a big fan of driving around in the car, but if you are travelling anywhere with a pet it’s important that you use a pet safety belt or a travel carrier as opposed to having them loose in the car with you,” said Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs.

Faughnan warned that animals can easily become startled or react in a way which “takes your concentration off the task at hand”.

He added that “very few people would allow a passenger in their car without using a seatbelt” and that motorists should use seatbelts with their pets too.

Pets aside, the survey also revealed that less than 1% of motorists had driven a car where one or more passengers weren’t using their seatbelts in the past month, although over the course of their entire driving history this number increased to 11.4%.

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