There are so many things you need to take into consideration when buying a car. Not only for yourself but also for your family members, including the four-legged furry ones.

We started with the height, using the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. We measured the back end at 28 inches high. The height and ease were perfectly fine for our hairy kids. This is important for both of you, as it is hard work for the dog to always jump in and out of the back. It wears the hips down and can worsen things like hip dysplasia and arthritis. When they are unable to jump up, you will have to put on your hero cape and rescue them to the back seat.

When you get ready to head out on a family outing or vacation, a long road trip. You need to make sure you have enough room. The Volkswagen Tiguan, after setting the seats down, gave us 65 cubic feet of available playroom for the dogs. More than enough for my trio of fluff.

Another great car for making sure our loved ones are safe is the 2022 Subaru outback wilderness. The sporty Subaru is low to the ground, has rubber floor mats, and is covered in Startex material. Making it extremely easy to wipe down and clean up

We are going in the right direction, but there are still more ways we can make sure we keep our pets even safer. That can happen with the use of crates. My Gunner Kennel crate fits perfectly in the back of my Ford Bronco Sport. Keeping your animal in its crate ensures the safety of more than just your pet.

Keep it physically in the back of the car. If you were to get into an accident, keeping the animal in the crate will save it from running all over. Potentially entering traffic and being hurt. Also, this will keep emergency personnel safe from your pet who is very likely scared and on edge. It will also make it easier for the EMTs to obtain the pet and extract it from the car in one easy package.

A ten-pound object, crashing at 30 miles per hour is enough to produce a little over 300lbs of force. Now reimagine that at 80 to 100lbs, at even faster. The results would be devastating and tragic. The dog would now become a projectile and potentially injure everyone in the car.

Keeping our four-legged friends in the back of the car in the kennel will keep everyone in the car much more comfortable and safer.

Another vehicle that would be able to safely carry a crate would be the 2022 Ford F-150. Easily foldable seats ensure enough room to secure the kennel. Make sure to look for the ability to have cargo tie-downs. If you do let them out of the kennel, make sure to lock the rear windows so they do not accidentally step on the button and let the window down. Tinted windows are always a good idea, because not only do you look cool. But it can help keep the cabin cool for our friends in the summer.

When you are finally ready to take the step of buying a car, take your animal and kennel with you. Measure the back seat space and area, with the seats down. Investigate if it is going to be easy for your animal to jump up in the back. Since the kennel is such a huge part of your animal’s safety and comfort, it makes sense to bring with you the exact item that they will be in. You do not want to make the mistake of measuring the crate, but not taking the handle into consideration. It would get old fast if you had to remove the handles of your kennel, every time you wanted to take it in your car.

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