The BARC program is designed to provide educational awareness of the potential dangers associated with unrestrained pets travelling in motor vehicles. An unrestrained pet can be a dangerous distraction of the driver’s attention, raising the risk of the driver being involved in a collision.
An unrestrained pet can also become a dangerous projectile in the event of a sudden stop or collision.
Pets should be restrained inside motor vehicles just like their human companions. In regular cars, minivans and SUVs, pets are best restained in one of the back seats. In station wagons the cargo area is also a safe place for a pet.
Dogs or other pets should never be placed unrestrained in the box of a pick-up truck where they are at risk of being ejected and seriously injured or killed during sudden stops, emergency manoeuvres or a collision.
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN THE BARC PROGRAM?
The BARC program is designed to keep you and your pets safer in the event of a collision.
WHEN SHOULD I USE THE BARC PROGRAM?
Every time you bring your pet along for the ride, you should restrain them properly in the vehicle.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE BARC PROGRAM?
By purchasing and using a restraint appropriate for your pet when you bring your pet into your vehicle.
WHAT TYPES OF RESTRAINTS ARE AVAILABLE?
- Vests and tether-type harnesses that attach to safety-belts or safety-buckles.
- Travel crates (the crate itself should be secured in the back seat to prevent it from being thrown around in the event of a sudden stop or collision).
- Animal barriers (usually a wire screen separating the front seats from the rear seats or the cargo area of a station wagon from the rear seats).
Most restraints are as easy to use as your own seatbelt, and experience has shown that animals adapt to the use of retrains very quickly.