NEW YORK – They’re warm, cuddly and put a smile on the face of their owners. As they become a bigger part of their owners’ lives, pets also should be top of mind when buying a new automobile.
Nearly six in 10 respondents to a 2011 AAA/Kurgo survey said they had driven with their dog in the automobile at least once a month in the past year. As thousands of consumers check out the latest automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show on National Pet Day, they can make life easier for them and their pets by taking a closer look at what works best for their four-legged friend.
“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.”
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for finding a pet-friendly vehicle:
The Chevrolet Traverse crossover sport utility offers best-in-class roominess and class-leading cargo space. It has flexible and fold-flat seating, as well as a rear cooling system that is ideal for pets on a hot summer day.
All Chevrolet vehicles come equipped with OnStar that uses GPS and cellular technology to provide help during emergency situations -- such as finding the nearest veterinarian's office while travelling in unfamiliar locales.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
About National Pet Day:
National Pet Day is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network, to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation. For more information, please visit www.PetDayUSA.com and www.AnimalMiracleFoundation.org.