The amusing sight of a dog in a car with its head out of the front window is a common one.
But it might not be such an amusing one for the pet’s owners if the law catches up with them. For they could be breaking the law and end up with a big fine, reports the Mirror.
That is because, just like humans, animals need to wear a seatbelt and not ensuring your pet wears one is a breach of the Highway Code.
It points out that if an animal moves about during a journey it could trigger an accident and also warns drivers not to put their pets in the front seat for the same reason.
Mark Tongue at Select Car Leasing, explains: “Most dog owners will know they need to keep their pet suitably restrained when they’re in a car, as stipulated by the Highway Code.
“But many owners are left confused as to whether dogs are allowed in the front seat or not. It’s something of a grey area.
“Whilst not particularly recommended – dogs should generally be in the backseat or boot for their own safety.