Cars and dogs are an essential combination. If you want to treat your canine to a different walk, a change of scenery or a splash at the seaside, then jumping into a car is the easiest way to do this.
But which cars are best to lease for dog owners?
We’ve given this some thought as we’re all big dog lovers here at Gateway2Lease. And as you may have already read in our news blog, Skoda was the sponsor of the prestigious Crufts show recently and has also launched dog-specific accessories for its cars.
But first, what does the law say about carrying dogs in cars?
The Highway Code (Rule 57) says: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.” So while it might look cute having your pooch sitting on your lap helping you ‘drive’, you know it’s not the right thing to do. So make sure you have proper restraints or dog carriers for your car. You know it makes sense.
So which cars are a dog’s best friend?
Let’s start first with Skoda, seeing as the car company sponsored Crufts. We think the Karmic is the right model to go for. It’s Skoda’s compact SUV, but offers plenty of room in the back seats and a good boot. It’s a comfortable drive so your Jack Russell Terrier won’t get jiggled about in the rear.
The MINI Clubman is ideal for carrying your favourite hound. The rear of the estate provides more room than you expect, and the compact dimensions of the car means you can use it for the shopping run as well as the dog run. The Clubman could be the Cairn Terrier’s perfect choice of car.
Land Rover Evoque
If you want to go a bit upmarket, how about Land Rover’s fabulous Evoque? The model has recently been updated, and with four-wheel drive you’ll be able to reach those walking areas other cars might not reach. What’s more there’s some pretty neat pet accessories to make life easier for you and your dog - and what better than a regal Labrador in a rather regal Land Rover?
The new Honda Jazz is the sort of supermini that every dog loves: it’s dependable every time a walk is required. But the Honda Jazz is more than that. It’s a smooth ride, great on economy and with the car’s clever magic seats, the rear seats fold flat so if you have more than one Japanese Spitz to carry in your Jazz, there’s plenty of furry space for comfort.
Perhaps not everybody’s idea of the perfect pupmobile, but dogs do get muddy on walks, particularly during the winter. Well, make that most times actually. On average, 23 hours a year are spent actually cleaning muddy dogs, while just over 24 hours of Brits’ time is spent cleaning up the house and 22 hours cleaning the car after muddy walks according to a Jeep survey. But the Jeep Wrangler has an answer. A hose down interior: lift the carpet, uncover one of the bungholes and let the mud wash out! A Wrangler for a Welsh Springer Spaniel seems a perfect fit!
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