If you're thinking about your hairy dog getting some fresh air with its head out the window, you need to know what the Brazilian legislation says about that
May 6, 2019 - Flapping ears, tongue sticking out, head out of the car window and that electrifying look. Does your dog love to ride like that? It can be super-fun, but it's also dangerous and (you may not know it) but it’s an offense under the law in various countries, such as Brazil. After all, if there are regulations to transport children, why would there not be any for the furry (or feathery or scaly ...) members of the family?
According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), responsible for conducting the demographic census in the country, since 2015 there are more pets than children in the homes of the traditional Brazilian family. And, just because they do not need a car seat it doesn't mean that you can carry them any way you wish. This is important not only for their safety, but for yours and everyone else's in your car.
This is because those dear little animals often cause distractions or blockages that can affect your driving. Not to mention that some enjoy "la Vida Loca" and might try to jump out from the moving car! "In a collision, your pet can even be thrown against the other occupants of the vehicle", warns Vilson Tolfo, FCA's Regulatory and Homologation manager for Latin America.
So, first of all, they simply cannot be loose in the car. The Brazilian Traffic Code, which we use as a reference for this text, prohibits this practice and, in three articles, provides punishments and fines for those who fail to comply. Let's get to it:
Article 169 warns of the dangers of "driving without paying attention to safety", which is the case of having a free, light and loose animal there, especially if it's in the front (or, even worse, on the driver's lap). Article 235, alerts against "driving people, animals or cargo on the external parts of the vehicle, except in duly authorized cases". So can you have the animal in the bed of your truck? The head (or any part of body) out of the car falls into this category, so forget it. Finally, article 252, item II, prohibits "driving the vehicle while carrying people, animals or cargo on the left or between the arms and legs".
Well, now that you know what not to do, let's get to the tips on how to transport pets correctly. As you can guess, this will depend on the type of pet you have. We are talking about species, size and behavior. Basically, what you need is to make sure they are safe and restrained but comfortable enough so they don't risk putting their bodies out of the vehicle, hurt themselves with the movements of the car or disturb you while you drive. For this, there are some tips to follow: