Chevy Cars Are for the Dogs

A Whole bunch of dogs checked out the Chevrolet display from the back of a Chevrolet Volt during a Pet Day event at the New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Obviously, people who buy Volts are more inclined to think of their closer animal friends besides the ones in the natural environment, so there’s a bit of marketing to be had in dogs.
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And here's why General Motors basically says that it's Chevys are good for your dog!

“From subcompact hatchbacks to full-size SUVs, Chevrolet vehicles today provide plenty of choices to meet the needs of owners and pets of all shapes and sizes,” said Charlotte Reed, a pet lifestyle expert and First for Women pet solutions columnist.

“To avoid stress, do your homework in advance and make note of your specific pet’s needs and review safety features,” Reed said. “Whether you need space, special safety features or convenience technologies, today’s automobiles offer a range of options that can make traveling more enjoyable.”

According to Chevrolet and the pet expert, these are some of the things you should keep in mind when buying a pet-friendly vehicle:

  • Safety features. According to the 2011 AAA/Kurgo study, three out of 10 pet owners admit to being distracted while driving.  One in five admits to driving with a pet in their lap. The Chevrolet Equinox, for example, has lane-departure warning systems, stability and traction control and forward-collision alerts that help heighten driver alertness to possible danger. Owners can reduce distractions by keeping pets restrained in the back seat or in a pet carrier.
  •  Exterior and interior features. Look for vehicles that are wide, tall and slightly square at the back. This will make it easier to get pets and pet equipment into and out of vehicles. Cargo room and additional cup holders are useful to stow pet food, water and accessories.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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