Over a quarter of pet owning motorists have been distracted by their pet when driving, claims a survey from price comparison site Confused.com.
The online poll of 2,000 UK-based pet owning drivers found that 8 percent allow pets’ heads to poke out of the window of a moving car and 3 percent believe that their pet has caused a motor-related accident.
Matt Lloyd, motoring expert at Confused.com, commented: “For many animal lovers across the UK, the family pet is very much that; part of the family. So it’s perhaps no surprise that nearly a quarter (24%) of motorists who own a pet regularly take their pet with them on car journeys.
“However, it worrying to note that a more than a quarter (27%) say they have been distracted by their pet when driving. But this may not be surprising when nearly a third (32%) of motorists do not restrain their pets while on the move.
“As National Pet Month is promoting responsible pet ownership we urge motorists to be mindful of travelling safely with a pet.”