How can I keep my car clean when I own a dog?

My dog loves going for car rides. He sheds like crazy though! How can I keep my car clean while they are riding in it?

Answer
If you’re having difficulty keeping your car clean when you take your dog for car rides, you still have a few solutions.
One option is to lay a towel or blanket in the backseat or wherever your dog sits in the car. It ideally should catch all the hair or dirt that your dog may leave in your car.
Many companies also make barriers, slings, or harnesses meant to protect your dog while in the vehicle. As these prevent them from moving around too much, they may prevent an excessive amount of shedding.
You could also try to brush your dog before they get into the car. This may reduce the amount they shed during a trip.
If you know you’ll be somewhere muddy or dirty, you can wipe their paws or carry pet-safe wipes. These will allow you to give them a quick clean-up before they hop in the car. If none of these options work, invest in a car vacuum or have your car detailed regularly.
To stay safe while driving, always have your dog in a secured space and make sure you have the right car insurance coverage. Use the Jerry app to compare quotes from over 50 insurers in just minutes.
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 20, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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