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You Didn't Build That
  
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President Obama famously stuck his foot in it when he proclaimed, "You Didn't Build That!" in a 2012 campaign speech. The Democrats said he meant roads and bridges (which government doesn't build, either), but he clearly implied that businesses weren't responsible for their success.

Now, here we have some actual examples of cars, concepts and inventions that one organization gets credit for that were actually created by another organization first.

ABS

Who invented ABS? Everybody knows its Mercedes in 1978! They even make that claim in their advertising and on their website.

1978 Mercedes ABS Demonstration courtesy Daimler.

But anti-lock brakes were in use on aircraft as early as the 1950's and Chrysler had the first electronic antilock brake system in an automobile, a $500 option on the 1971 Imperial. "Four-Wheel Sure Brake" was offered from 1971 until 1974.

1971 Chrysler Imperial Ad

Aerodynamic Design

1986 Ford Taurus

The 1986 Taurus was hailed as the world's first aerodynamically designed family sedan, tested in a wind tunnel for efficiency. Dubbed "jelly-bean" design by its jealous competitors, especially Chrysler whose cars were the boxiest at the time, it was years ahead, as the nineties and beyond was over-flowing with aerodynamically designed and styled cars.

1934 Chrysler Airflow

The 1934 Chrysler Airflow was the first automobile designed using a wind tunnel. It also introduced unibody construction to mass produced automobiles, where the body is part of the structure of the automobile. It also revolutionized the weight distribution of cars, that up to this time had up to 75% of their weight over the rear wheels, making them unstable; the Airflow had less than 50% of its weight on the rear axle. 

Electric Truck

Tesla Cybertruck

Everybody's excited about the upcoming Tesla "Cybertruck." This history-making vehicle will be the first truck to run on electricity alone and over a quarter million $100 deposits were received within a week of its unveiling. Able to carry 3500 pounds in its bed and tow up to 14,000 pounds, the Cybertruck is truly cutting edge.

1900 Wood Electric Truck

...or is it? This 1900 Wood Electric Truck is 120 years old and only produced 4 horsepower from its two motors, but it could carry 4000 pounds. No towing rating and it only could go about 20 miles on a charge.

Hybrid Car

2001 Toyota Prius from Wikipedia

By IFCAR - Own work, Public Domain (cropped and edited)

In 2000, for the 2001 model year, America was introduced to the Toyota Prius, America's first hybrid-electric car.

 Honda_Insight_Back from Wikipedia

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Well, actually, the lesser successful Honda Insight beat it to the American market by seven months, coming out in December 1999 as a 2000 model.

1916 Woods Dual-Power Hybrid Coupe

Of course, both were a little late, compared to this 1916 Woods Dual-Power Coupe. Built by a long-time electric car company, the Dual-Power was meant to capture customers who liked the range of gasoline cars. The Dual Power could run on electricity or gas or even both. It even had regenerative brakes to capture power from stopping. The electric motor had about 6 horsepower and the gas motor had 14. 

People's Car

1949 Volkswagen Beetle at Ford Museum 2018

Volkswagen (Adolph Hitler) famously developed the Beetle as a vehicle for the masses; the name "Volkswagen" even means "People's Car." Ordered by the führer in 1934 to be produced, Adolph's desire for authentic Polish food delayed the actual mass production until 1946, under British administration.

1919 Ford Model T

However, the Ford Model T was actually the first simple, mass-produced car that was affordable under a middle-income salary. By utilizing the first moving production line, standardized parts and huge economies of scale, Ford was able to sell the Model T for $825 at its introduction in 1909. Improvements in efficiency and costs got that price down to $260 in 1925, equivalent to less than $4000 in today's currency.

V8 Engine

Everybody knows the 1932 Ford Model-A was the first V8 car! Its flathead V8 brought power on the cheap to the masses.

1932 Ford Flathead V8 at Ford Museum

But if you're a little more knowledgeable, you realize that Cadillac built a V8 model in 1914, and even Chevrolet had one in 1918, and it had overhead valves!

But what's worse than that, is that the Americans didn't even invent the V8!! In 1904, the first V8s were made in France for aircraft and later racing cars. Nowadays, a French mechanic would more easily fix a nuclear reactor than a V8 engine.

 

 Antoinette

1909 Antoinette VII aircraft - Photograph By Pline - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Forty-Hour Work Week

Labor unions tout the 40-hour work week and its two day weekend as their invention and take full credit for it.

Ford UAW Handshake

But in reality, Ford Motor Company came up with the idea and implemented it in 1926, causing major companies to fall inline or lose employee morale. Ford workers would not unionize until 1941.

P.S. Al Gore didn't invent the internet.

 
 
 
 

2020 Chicago Auto Show: the last car show
  
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When we attended the 2020 Chicago Auto Show it wasn't obvious that the last new car auto show was taking place. It should have been: car shows have been on the decline for years, decades really.

2020 Chicago Auto Show Ford Stand

Car shows have been around almost since automobiles were first built. In 1900 in New York City 31 automobiles were displayed for the public in Madison Square Garden; admission was 50¢. In 1901 the Chicago Auto Show had an indoor test track to provide demonstration drives of ten different models, including electric, steam and gasoline powered.

Chicago Auto Show

1901 Chicago Auto Show, courtesy Chicago Auto Show

Now a virulent pandemic has all competent experts agreeing that any gathering of ten or more is extremely dangerous and the concept of packing a convention center with thousands of people is unthinkable and will be for years. As suddenly as car shows have ended, probably for good, they were already on there way out.

As early as the 1990's , smaller regional auto shows began to lose the support of many of the major manufacturers. For example, in 1995, the New Orleans International Auto Show had no presence from Ford, BMW, or Nissan. Smaller local car shows in recent years have had no manufacturer support, relying only on local dealerships to supply the vehicles. More than half of the 2020 Saint Louis Auto Show was populated by RV's, motorcycles and classic cars brought by local car clubs.

Even the major shows; New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Geneva, Beijing, and Tokyo; have seen declining support. Audi, BMW and Mercedes all skipped the Detroit show in 2019. Mazda, MINI, Volvo, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Jaguar and Land Rover had all abandoned Detroit previously. Mercedes and BMW also skipped Chicago in 2019. Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Vauxhall, Opel and Volvo all skipped Geneva in 2019.

Manufacturers have instead moved towards doing live streaming introductions of its new models, avoiding competing with other manufacturers and introductions for attention.

Classics

1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 at 2020 CAS

A 1967 Cosmo Sport 110 was given a prominent place on the Mazda stand. This was one of the first cars ever to have a rotary engine, in this case a two-rotor with 110 horsepower.

Northern Mustang Corral at 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Northern Mustang Corral of Bourbonais, Illinois

Car clubs have been welcome additions at car shows for as long as they've been around. As manufacturers and even later, dealers, abandon them, car clubs will still be participating and managing car shows. This 1965 Shelby Cobra resto-mod (modern supercharged V8 and 5-speed) and these Mustangs from 1964 to the modern day were all provided by a local club.

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad Klairmont Collections at 2020 Chicago Auto

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad

Klairmont Kollections, a private Chicago car collection, provided four amazing cars, including this replica of Harley Earl's custom Corvette station wagon.

1983 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Klairmont Kollections at 2020 Chicago Auto Show

1983 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

1953 Golden Sahara II KK at 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Golden Sahara II

This George Barris custom has hand-built Goodyear tires that can light up in different colors. A TV, car-phone and a full cocktail bar round out the accoutrements. 

1950 Studebaker Ice Princess Klairmont Kollections at 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Ice Princess

The "Ice Princess" is based on a 1950 Studebaker chassis, the fins of a 1959 Cadillac and a 1970 Cadillac 500 cubic inch V8 engine.

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

This one looks like a custom, but remarkably, this came straight from General Motors. Hand-built, this model was the absolute peak of luxury. At $13,074, it cost more than a Rolls-Royce.

Super Cars
Supercar Gallery at 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Supercar Gallery

Companies like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lotus, Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren have not seen a financial reason to invest in car shows in many years. However, that doesn't mean that these cars are unavailable at those venues. Sponsored by a bank and with vehicles supplied from local dealerships, most shows have an area comprised of the rarified likes of vehicles that start at six figures and up.

2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom

2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom at 2020 Chicago auto show

Larger than life, this extended wheelbase version of the Phantom is the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce line and comes with a twin-turbocharged V12.

2020 McLaren GT

2020 McLaren GT

This is the new, "softer" McLaren. McLare, a British sports car company, specializes in mid-engined crazy hypercars. This one "only" has 620 horsepower.

2019 McLaren 720S Spyder

2019 McLaren 720S Spyder

This one has 710 horsepower.

2020 Lotus Evora GT

2020 Lotus Evora GT at 2020 Chicago auto show

Lotus is another small British car maker. The Evora is their only present U.S. model and for 2020 it gets more horsepower (416) and a new name: Evora GT.

2020 Lamborghini Evo

2020 Lamborghini Evo Coupe

2020 Lamborghini Evo Spider

The latest entry-level ($241945) model, the Huracán Evo, has 630 horsepower from its 5.2 V10. Still no turbochargers.

2020 Ford GT

2020 Ford GT Carbon Fibre Finish

What would a car show be without the latest iteration of the Ford GT? This one is decked out in fully visible carbon fiber. 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Who cares if this car is in dealerships and has been seen at car shows for over a year: its a mid-engined Corvette! Despite being "old news" it was difficult getting a picture even on press days as people were continually crowding around it.

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Aston Martin DBS

The DBS is still the quintissential Aston Martin. This Superleggera has a 715-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12. The EPA fuel mileage is rated at 14 city and 22 highway. Not bad, really.

New Car Introductions

2020 Kia Cadenza
2020 Kia Cadenza

The newest semi-luxury Kia came out at the Chicago Show. Above it is the K900, refreshed last year.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The hybrid version of Hyundai's new Sonata came out, and its fuel mileage is spectacular: 50 city and 54 highway on the Sonata Hybrid Blue.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The Atlas is pretty new (introduced as a 2018 model) so its first refresh is somewhat minor. Mechanically, the turbo 4-cylinder is now also offered as an all-wheel drive model, along with the turbo front-wheel drive and V6 models. The changes are mostly cosmetic, mostly made to synchronize the three-row Atlas' looks with the new Atlas Cross Sport.

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Edition

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Edition at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Edition

Unlike the TRD Pro models, Toyota's upcoming Trail Edition models of the Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner are aimed at people enjoying outdoor activities instead of zooming through the outdoors at high speeds. On both the Tacoma and Tundra the package includes lockable bed storage (similar to Ram's Rambox) that can double as a cooler.

Rav4 Prime

2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime at 2020 Chicago auto show.JPG

2021 Rav4 Prime

Toyota is known for hybrids, but not so much for plug-in hybrids. The Rav4 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year and a hybrid version cam along for the first time. For 2021 the Rav4 Prime will be the most powerful Rav4 ever, with 304 combined horsepower and a manufacturer's estimated 5.8 second zero to 60 MPH time. The "Prime" in the name means you can plug in and drive 39 miles on electricity alone. Afterwards, the Rav4 Prime should achieve similar gas mileage to the Rav4 Hybrid, about 40 MPG.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE at 2020 Chicago auto show.JPG

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

After a full redesign for 2020, this additional trim is making a late entry. The XSE is the sporty version of the popular crossover. In additional to lots of black trim, a bigger grille and more aggressive features the XSE gets a tighter suspension and a sportier steering rack. The engine, transmission and brakes are all the same as other Highlander models.

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos is a new entry-level sport utility. It was first shown at the LA Auto Show, and now at the Chicago its back as it prepares to enter showrooms.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

2021 Jaguar F-Type at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type gets a comprehensive refresh with more aggressive headlights and a larger grille. The F-Type R gets the 575 horsepower engine from last year's SVR.

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon Denali XL at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 GMC Yukon Denali XL

The GM full-size sport utilities are redesigned for 2021. The biggest two changes: an independent rear suspension adds cargo space and improves the ride and handling; a 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder is a new option. This is the long version of the Yukon, which will no longer have an "XL" on the badge, leaving you to identify it by its longer rear window.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 GMC Yukon AT4

The AT4 off-road version is new to the Yukon. Introduced in 2019 on the new Sierra, the AT4 will give trail cred to the new Yukon. Note the rear window: this is the short version.

2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Genesis GV80 at 2020 Chicago auto show

2021 Genesis GV80

Genesis was missing a sport utility, a major gap, and some expected them to rebadge the new FWD Hyundai Palisade. Instead, Genesis developed a rear-drive platform for the new GV80. Loosely based on the new G80, the GV80 will offer two new engines: a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6.

2020 Honda Civic Type R

2020 Honda Civic Type R at 2020 Chicago auto show

Honda took a while updating the meanest Civic ever. Disappointing to some of us, it doesn't look any less like a 17-year-old boy got a hold of his father's wallet and his uncle's welding rig. Changes do include brake rotors and pads that will reduce fading on the race track and steering and suspension tweaks to improve response and handling. That kid still has his father's platinum MasterCard: artificial engine noises have been piped in through the stereo; don't you wish kids stuck to putting baseball cards in the spokes? The grille is bigger (OH MY I AM SUPRISED) and this gorgeous blue paint is now available. The 2020 Type R gains all of the safety nannies that had been mercifully missing before: adaptive cruise (alright), collision mitigating braking system (crap, another button I have to hit every time I start the car), Forward Collision Warning (more beeps I have to ignore), Lane Keeping Assist System (cool, my car can give me an alibi for running over cyclists), road departure mitigation and lane departure warning (I don't like these, I just got tired of typing parenthesis).

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody

Years after the Challenger got the "widebody" treatment, its offered on Chargers with the hellcat motor or the 6.4-liter V8.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica

2021 Chrysler Pacifica at 2020 Chicago auto show

The 2021 Pacifica constitutes a minor refresh cosmetically, but mechanically, all-wheel drive becomes an option for the first time on a Chrysler minivan since 2004. Sure, the previous Pacifica offered it, but that was a crossover... okay, this story gets confusing. Anyway, the real news is that the all-wheel drive is mechanical, not electric, so it will not be offered on the Pacifica Hybrid. Also, it will not eliminate the famously handy stow-and-go seating! Middle and rear seats still fit into the floor, making us wonder if FCA engineers were able to sneak up behind a man coming out of a British police call box and over power him and... well never mind how they did it, its fantastic, only the mini spare is sacrificed.

In addition to the mechanical bits, a new top-level "Pinnacle" model will come with custom throw pillows. Bets on whether those will dissapear faster than change left on daddy's dresser?

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer at 2020 Chicago auto show 

A sportier alternative to the tiny Chevy Trax, the Trailblazer is a Buick Encore GX in drag. (After all the Trax is a regular Encore in drag.) With 1.2 or 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engines, front-wheel drive and a CVT transmission, all-wheel drive is offered with the larger engine and a 9-speed automatic replaces the CVT. The trend of two-tone paint floating roofs continues.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

2021 Chevrolet Equinox RS

The Exquinox gets a refresh for 2021, including this neat RS model. Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Automatic High Beams are all standard for 2021.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe at 2020 Chicago auto show 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban at 2020 Chicago auto show

All of the full-size GM SUVs get a complete redesign, including independent rear suspension and an optional inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel.

Concepts

2021 Kia Seltos X-Line Urban

2021 Kia Seltos X-Line Urban Concept at 2020 Chicago auto show

Kia Seltos X-Line Urban

 

 
 
 
 

2020 Rolls-Royce Model Year Changes
  
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Cullinan

2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge

A new Black Badge variant adds 29 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque to the tune of the 6.8-liter twin turbo V12. In addition to the extra power, Black Badge models offer the option of being slathered in 10 coats of hand-polished deep, black paint. The "Spirit of Extacy" hood ornament is painted high-gloss black on all Black Badge models. Other typically chrome polished surfaces revert to a darkened mettalic finish as well.

Dawn

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet

A new year of the Rolls-Royce Dawn wouldn't be complete without a special edition: the Silver Bullet is the new special version for 2020, and no, it doesn't come with a can of watery beer.

Exclusive, at 50 units total, the Silver Bullet will only come in a special metallic silver paint, with copper accents, including a cover over the rear seats that resembles the tonneau over the rear of a luxury water craft. The cover over the rear seats is in copper with a silver mid-section and emphasizes the speed of the Dawn.

Ghost

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

No changes.

Phantom

2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom

No changes.

Wraith

2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith

No changes.

 
 
 
 

How the Coronavirus is impacting the U.S car industry
  
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How the coronavirus is impacting the U.S. car industry

The deadly COVID-19 outbreak has spread to over a hundred countries worldwide since the beginning of the outbreak in Wuhan, China. Since then the disease has spread at alarming rates to infect more than a half a million people and those numbers are growing. The virus has now spread to the United States and the number of reported cases is growing as well. The economic impact has already been felt with congress signing bill for over $2.5 trillion in a stimulus bill signaling a desperate attempt to keep the economy afloat as the nation shuts down. 

As millions of Americans and businesses across the country begin to feel the impact the automobile industry in the U.S is no exception. 

The Size and Scope of Cars in The U.S

It's no secret that the United States auto industry has had its shares of blows and blunders over the years, but it still remains strong. Only rivaled by China the United States boasts the largest car market in the world. Just two years again in 2018 alone the U.S sold over 17.2 million in light vehicle units, marking the fourth year in a row of record sales. 

It shouldn't be a surprise that the industry should be affected as the nation goes into social lockdown and production comes to a grinding halt with millions of Americans staying home in fear of further spreading the pandemic. Not only that, but NBC reports that supply lines have been disrupted as well, particularly in the auto parts sector that has turned air shipping in a struggle to keep parts coming in. Some experts that owners and manufacturers both may be feeling the impact some time this summer. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have an impact and public health and the economy and the auto industry is feeling the effects in more than one way: 

Public’s Reaction:

Fewer people are willing to leave their homes except for absolutely essential travel. This will likely have an impact on the auto-industry as show rooms and dealerships begin to empty out, assuming authorities even allow them to remain open. Down the road this could have lasting impacts on the auto industry as more people work and learn remotely and pursue alternative activities at home in favor of social distancing Though this could have impacts down the road, right now they're hard to determine. 

Lockdowns and Cancellation

Washington, New York, and California were just a few states so far to the experience the effects of a full scale lock-down. Pennsylvania may also be among one of the states to experience an “order to stay”. As the roads begin to clear and more confirmed cases continue to arise auto manufacturers expect government lock-downs to bring the industry to a grinding halt. A few auto workers have been among the confirmed cases, leading to fears further shut downs in the industry itself.  

It's not only manufacturing that will be effected by promotions as well. The auto industry is expected to see a downturn in sales and revenue as many advertising and promotional venues are taken from them. The New York Auto show, one of the largest in the nation, has been suspended at least until august and car shows across the nation are likely to follow. 

Economic Threat:

The car industry in the state of Michigan alone constitutes 4% of the nation's total GDP. A loss as devastating as is expected to experienced by the industry is likely to harm the United States as a whole. Vacant manufacturing plants will mean a loss in jobs, GDP, and likely an increased cost in auto sales and maintenance.  

Could the Whole Thing Come to A  Halt?

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced a suspension of GM's production operations, suggesting the industry itself could come to a temporary halt saying, 

“GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus. We have been taking extraordinary precautions around the world to keep our plant environments safe and recent developments in North America make it clear this is the right thing to do now. I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step.”

It's hard to say what kind of impact this may have on car sales and manufacturing in the U.S down the road, but some fear if it goes on too long they may never come back. 

 
 
 
 

Traveling with pets, what you need to know!
  
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How to Handle Pets on the Open Road

Travel is an important part of our lives. Our traveling adventures are a time to make memories and to engage in unforgettable experiences. The Dalai Lama once said, “Once a year, go some place you've never been before.” and indeed doing so can vastly enrich our lives. Every time we go away, however, we're often forced to leave behind our most loving and loyal friends. Yet pets are an important part of our lives too, and many of us consider them members of the family. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to take your furry friends with you on a long road trip. Doing so will be rewarding, but not easy.  Here are some things to keep in mind. 

Check in With The Vet

Before you take off on your long trip, you'll want to make sure you're bringing your companions with on a clean bill of health. Always seek the advice of your local veterinarian to see what your pet might need along the way. Your pet could also get car sick or catch something during the trip, so you'll want to be prepared for the worst. While your at the veterinarian's office you'll also want to update your pets records, vaccinations, and anything else it needs. Some states may require this by law so you'll want to be prepared to prove you've taken all the necessary steps. 

Microchip your pet: 

A lot of things can happen during a long road trip. Things get busy, noisy, and chaotic as we are trying to navigate our way to our intended destinations. Sometimes the worst can happen. A pet may wonder away at a truck stop, a camp site, or anywhere else you can imagine. If you think losing your pet at home is a big a deal just imagine what it'd be like to lose them out of state. The best way to prevent this from happening and to keep your pet safe is to micro-chip them. By doing so you'll be able to know where they are all at any moment and keep them safe and sound. 

 This is actually a safe and simple procedure. Although it can be a little painful for your pet, the vet will be in and out in minutes. The micro-chip is no larger than a grain of rice and is safely and comfortably secured under the skin in your pet's neck. The micro-chip can track your pet, and store your info through E-identification in case they're found by a Good Samaritan. You can get this done at your local vet's office, but ideally you should have it done upon adoption. Some states are even beginning to require this by law in certain circumstances. 

Either way, it's a great idea for a road trip if you're going to bring your pets. 

 

Keep Your Pet in A Well-Ventilated Crate

Our primary responsibility as  pet owners and trip-goers is to ensure the safety and health of pets and people alike.  Crates can be used for many things and, of course, are great for road trips. They should be used to keep the pet secure at all times when the vehicle is motion, especially is they're small enough to climb under the seat.  Whether you're caging your pet at home or bringing them along for the ride, providing a safe and comfortable crate is a must. The crate should allow your pet easy access to fresh and cool air. It should also allow some light to enter and provide enough space for your pet to feel comfortable. If possible, include some kind of cushion, pillow, or pet bed to make their stay more pleasant. Some people prefer to hold their pets in the back seats, and that's fine too as long you can keep your pet still and at peace. You'll also want to make sure you're not allowing them to stick their heads out the window. While sometimes adorable when dogs do this, it can lead to injury. 

Develop Pet travel-feeding schedule:

To save  time during the trip, it's important to minimize bathroom breaks and other unncessary stops. It's almost important to work out a feeding schedule for your pet, especially during particularly long road trips. Feeding your pet in a moving car can cause gastrointestinal distress, leading nausea and messes you don't want to clean up. Never allow your pet to drink from outdoor water sources in unfamiliar territory, but instead keep some water  handy for pets and people both. 

 

Put Together a Pet  Traveling Kit:

Traveling with pets, though a joy, is always going to be a tremendous challenge that requires  planning. You may need to put together a customized kit just for your faithful companion. This will include the obvious provisions like food, water, dishes, and a comfortable crate. It may also include a leash and collar with tags, toys, and even some bags for your pets bathroom breaks. You also want to include some cleaning supplies in case your little friends leave AN unexpected mess along the way. 

Injuries, sickness, and harsh climates are just a few of the traveling woes your pet may face along the way during your road trip. If you're in doubt of what to bring, consult your local vet. They may be able to provide instructions on how to put together a custom travel kit. 

Never leave it alone in the parking:

Never leave your pets alone for extended periods of time inside your car, especially in parking lots on hot summer days. Heat exhaustion will cause your animal suffering and possibly even kill it. With animal cruelty now a federal crime, you also don't want to risk someone making the worst of assumptions even if you leave for just a minute. 

Not only can leaving your pet in your car hurt them during harsh weather, but it may cause you to lose them. You don't want someone abducting your pet, or having them wander off while you're away. 

Take Breaks to Stretch

Animals aren't that different than us when it comes to long road trips. We both hate being cooped up and crammed up in a crowded vehicle. We hate being stuck in a hot car breathing stale air and watching the same scenes zoom by. Take a break to stretch, use the bathroom, and walk around a little sometimes. If you can, try to find a park or other recreational area where you can bring your pets for some much-deserved relaxation.  

 
 
 
 

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