This is a tough debate. I have the worst luck in the world with cars.
I have had 5 cars totalled in 7 years, as well as 3 other serious car accidents. For each of the cars that were totalled, I was T-boned on the driver's side in one, and rear ended in the other 4.
I was COMPLETELY stationary - in other words, I was at a dead stop with my foot on the brake, waiting at a red light or stop sign.
Kyleigh was only in the car in the one of the accidents, and it wasn't one of the bad ones - I was sideswiped as I was going around a corner - person decided to join my in my lane. Thankfully, it was in the city, so neither of us was going very fast, and she wasn't banged up or anything.
I first started using a crate for my dog. The first time my car was totalled (t-boned from the driver's side), they had to use the jaws of life to get me out of the car (I was fine, except for whiplash). The crate that was in the back seat? Demolished.
The second time I was rear ended (while I was at a stop sign) and I was hit while the person was going about 80 km/h (she was texting) and the trunk of my car ended up in the back seat. The crate EXPLODED and cut me up and caused more damage to me than anything else (ever tried to pull plastic pieces of crate out of your arm? OUCH!)
So I switched from a crate to one of those pet barriers. A metal barrier that goes across the back of the driver's seat to the passenger's seat.
Had three more cars totalled, and got sideswiped again ... no damage to the pet barrier.
My friend is a paramedic - she came across an accident and there were two dogs in the SUV. One in a crate, and one "free" behind the pet barrier. Both dogs died. The "free" dog's face went through the barrier and the one in the crate was crushed.
So now I have no barrier, no crate, no restraints. I have a hatchback, the seats in the back seat are down, and Kyleigh is trained to lay down while I am driving on the highway, or anywhere over 50.
And I cross my fingers every time I get in my car that I won't get hit.
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