Fido needs a safe and comfortable ride too, right?
Well, at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Chevrolet showed that their vehicles– from subcompact hatchbacks to full-size SUVs– all cater to our warm, cuddly, four-legged friends. Why? Well, as pets become a bigger part of their owners’ lives, they should be kept top of mind when buying a new automobile.
“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 added. “Whether you need space, special safety features or convenience technologies, today’s automobiles offer a range of options that can make traveling more enjoyable.”
Tips for finding a pet-friendly vehicle:
- Safety features. 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. The Chevrolet Traverse Crossover SUV 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.
- In-vehicle technology. The Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse and Tahoe SUV offer power lift-gates that make it easier for pets to access the vehicle. They also have fold-flat seats offer more space for transporting pets and crates. Additional safety and security technology such as remote unlock, vehicle location and crash-detection services from OnStar can provide live help at a touch of a button during pet-emergency situations. 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 territory.
- Fuel efficiency. Gas-saving vehicles can save money, leaving more loot to spend on pet treats and toys. In addition to extra space, the Equinox Crossover offers improved handling and fuel economy of a car. With its rear hatch and fold-down seats, the Volt extended-range electric vehicle is an option that’s good for both your pet and the environment.
(photos by Steve Fecht)