By law, you must secure your dog for its own safety. The Highway Code states: ‘ When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seatbelt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.’ You could also stopped by the police for driving without due care and attention if your dog is a distraction. The maximum penalty is £2500 and nine penalty points. Be sensible and be safe.