Over the years, those of us at your Shelbyville used car and new car dealership have learned a few things about our local drivers. One of the things we’ve learned is that there are a lot of pet lovers in the area, and that for many of them, their furry friend is an important concern when they’re shopping for cars or planning for a trip. If you have a four-legged family member, we wanted to cover a few tips and tricks for making you and your pet happier in the car.

Of course, the first step to a pleasant and safe drive with your pet is picking the right car. For smaller pets, that’s easy, but for those with larger pets or multiple animals, you’ll want to think about size of the vehicle and convenience features like an automated liftgate, and the ability to re-configure the seats to accommodate your pets. SUVs like a Ford Escape or a Ford Explorer are often great choices for those who need some extra space.

When it comes to actually getting on the road, there are a few ways to make the process smoother. If you get your pet used to the car on shorter drives to fun locations, they’ll be ready for a long road trip or a visit to the vet. And if you are on the road for a long time, plan ahead! Pack a small bag for your pet with treats, medication, a towel for wet paws, and some favorite toys. And of course, no matter how far you’re going, make sure your pet is secure – whether it’s a barrier for the cargo area, a harness that works with the seatbelts, or a carrier, your pet is a passenger who needs to be safe too!

With just a little bit of planning and preparation, you can bring your pet wherever you go in anything from a used Ford truck to a 2018 Ford Focus. Local drivers can find the perfect car for them and their pet right here at O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville.