Top Tips For Driving With Pets

  • 04/04/2018

Results from a recent survey suggest that 22% of pet owners say their pets sit in the front seat when they are driving, and 56% of respondents sing to their pets during the journey. Taking to the road for a scenic drive to explore a local park or beach can be extremely fun and whether a family or couple taking a pet can make it even more memorable.

When travelling with pets it’s important to remember the following supplies:

  1. Just like humans, our pets will like their own space, so if they have a place in the boot, or the back seat ensure they have their own blanket and maybe even a chew toy.
  2. Make sure you plan regular breaks if travelling further afield. Animals will need to stretch their legs, have a drink, and head to the toilet.
  3. Don’t forget food and water bowls and a few treats.
  4. Is your pet microchipped? This will ensure your pet can be identified if anything happens.
  5. A pet first aid kit for any emergencies.

If you’re stuck for places to visit then try one of these lovely places, from the Chill Insurance Hidden Drives eBook. The eBook looks at survey findings to determine what type of places people most like to visit and Ireland’s top hidden drives. 

According to the survey, 58% of respondents said they like to stop off whilst on a long journey to visit local landmarks, this is a good excuse for a break, which both you and your pet will appreciate. The survey also revealed people’s all-time favourite drives off the beaten track with amazing final destinations.

Wexford Coastline

The Wexford coastline has a lot to offer, from scenery to beaches where your pet can have a run and you can take a stroll. Although many of the beaches now restrict dogs here’s a list of somewhere he/she will be welcome.

  1. Curracloe Beach – dogs must be on a leash and cleaning up after yourself and your pet is essential. You can enjoy a swim, or a drink at the bar and parking is available.
  2. Cwm Yr Eglwys Beach – a dog-friendly beach with plenty of activities to enjoy and parking is available.
  3. Courtown Beach – make sure your dog is on a leash whether you are enjoying a drink or taking a swim. On this beach, you can park up and walk right on.

Wicklow Mountains

Home to more than 20,000 hectares of amazing scenery and peaceful walks, the mountains have a lot to offer. The hills are steep and if taking your pet make sure they stay on the flat ground and on a leash, the mountains can still be enjoyed this way and everyone can be happy. You can find the National Parks Code of Conduct here.

Ards Forest Park, Co. Donegal

The Forest Park is located on the N56 towards Creeslough and offers lakes, trails and a sandy beach this is a dog’s paradise. Throughout the forest, there are monuments and features to admire as well as a playground if you are travelling with a family. Depending on where you are driving from there will be plenty of lovely things to see along the way and stops to take breaks.

What are you waiting for? Head to the car now, prepare it for your pet and take to the road. Just remember to take regular breaks and enjoy the scenery along the way. 

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