Bark and Ride

Keeping your dogs safe on your car journeys

This year, over 4.7 million of us are planning on taking our dog on holiday with us.* But with over a third having  bought or adopted their pup in the last 18 months, this year may be the first time you’ve experienced canine car travel for a long journey.

Our survey of 1,000 dog owners also saw 79 per cent admit that their dog isn’t always strapped in or harnessed whenever they travel with them in the car, meaning that they are at risk of serious injury in the event of an accident. Almost a fifth (18 per cent) claim that they usually just sit in the backseat of the car and 1 in 10 dog owners let their dog sit on their own lap or that of a passenger when travelling in the car with them.



'Bark & Ride' Specialists

To make sure you and your pups arrive on holiday safely, we’ve appointed our first 'Bark & Ride' specialist to lead our pet travel expertise. It comes as thousands of colleagues are trained to advise customers on staycations and travelling with dogs.

Armed with expert advice you can trust, our colleagues can help get your car staycation ready - whether that’s helping you find the necessary pet travel accessories, or organising a roof box installation so you can safely travel with your dog and luggage.



Did you know?

4.2 million Brits are planning on taking their pups on holiday with them
Only 4 in 10  said they ‘completely understand’ how to travel safely with their dog in the car
A fifth (20 per cent) of dog owners who travel with their dog in the car don’t think it would be adequately protected in the event of a car accident.
79 per cent admit that their dog isn’t always strapped in or harnessed whenever they travel with them in the car, meaning that they are at risk of serious injury in the event of an accident. 
Almost a fifth (18 per cent) claim that they usually just sit in the backseat of the car 
1 in 10 dog owners let their dog sit on their own lap or that of a passenger when travelling in the car with them.
**Figure calculated by taking the number of UK households (27.8 million households, March 2021, ONS), of which 33% have dogs (Pet Population 2021, PFMA), meaning there are an estimated 9.1 million households with dogs in the UK. 52% of Opinium respondents said they would take their dog on holiday in a car, equating to 4.7million

Expert Advice

As well as offering their specialist knowledge in store, Emily, our first ‘Bark & Ride’ specialist has also written a handy how to guide for travelling with pets. 

One of the most important things to keep in mind when travelling with your pet in the car is ensuring they are strapped in or secured, whether this be a seatbelt style harness or a comfortable crate or cage. It may seem obvious, but Halfords research found that 51% of people don’t have a safety harness or safety device for their pet.

Long journeys can be stressful for pets, which is why keeping the car comfortable should be a key consideration for pet friendly car travel. Dogs need fresh air and a cool environment, so making sure that the air conditioning in the car is in top shape is a must ahead of any trip. Halfords offers an Air Con Diagnostic check at most UK stores and garages.

Almost a fifth of people worry that their dog will be uncomfortable during long journeys, and a packed car can make it difficult to create a safe and happy environment for your pooch. If you’re tight on space due to passengers, luggage and your pet, installing a roof box can be a great idea to free up some space in the backseat or boot. At Halfords, our experts are trained to help you pick the best box for your needs, and can even help you fit it ahead of your journey!



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