According to the ASPCA, about 70-80 million dogs are owned by people living in the United States. With between 37-47 percent of all households in the U.S. including a dog and more and more people traveling with their four-legged companions, many motorists think about their pet’s needs when they’re shopping for a vehicle.

If you have a dog and plan to take him or her with you when you take long trips or just run errands, there are certain things you should look for to make sure your pet can travel with you safely and comfortably. As Lexus dealers near Ponte Vedra Beach, FL who like traveling with our own pets, we strongly encourage you to consider your pets when you’re looking for your next car.

In addition to an entrance and exit point that will be easy for your dog to use as he or she ages, you should look for the following pet-friendly features in your next car:

  • Back Door or Hatch that Opens Up: Having a back door or hatch that opens upward won’t just make it easier for your dog to get in and out of your automobile. It will also make it simpler for you to load a pet carrier or crate.
  • Seats that Fold or Can Be Removed: Seats that you can fold or remove make it easy for you to create space for your pet while keeping the seats clean.
  • A Cargo Area: If you’re planning to take your dog with you when you go on family road trips, make sure the models you’re thinking about getting have enough cargo space to accommodate your pet, your dog’s supplies, and your family’s luggage.
  • Attachment Devices in the Back: To prevent your dog’s crate from sliding around in the cargo area, your next vehicle will need to have attachment devices. If you’re not going to put your dog in a crate when you travel, make sure you’ll be able to tether his or her harness to something in the back. This will prevent your dog from jumping into the front seat as you’re driving. It will also prevent your furry family member from being thrown out of the car if you’re involved in a collision.

If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle that’s ready to make both you and your pet feel special every time you hit the road, visit Lexus of Jacksonville to see our new Lexus cars. We have Lexus vehicles you and your four-legged traveling companion will love. Stop by our convenient location today.