You see them all the time. Dogs sticking their heads out the back windows of cars as they cruise on down the road. For dog lovers, it’s an awesome sight. In some situations, though, it can actually be dangerous, not just for the dog, but the driver and anyone else on the road at that time.

If you have a beloved pet and you want to bring him along with you in the car, there are a few things you should keep in mind before doing so.

Accidents Happen.

No, we’re not talking about the kind you have to clean up (but good guess, because we’ll get to that soon enough). We’re talking about auto accidents.

You don’t want to even think about that, but you need to. Accidents do happen and they don’t have to be your fault in the least. You could be stopping at a traffic light, paying close attention to traffic when BAM! A car just slams right into the back of you.

Yes, it happens, a lot.

Today, people are easily distracted. They have their cell phones, radios blasting, looking at their GPS, or simply daydreaming. If you’re involved in an accident, it’s going to hurt. However, you’re probably strapped in with your seatbelt, but what about your furry friend?

Depending on the type of accident and force of it, that animal could be seriously injured, or worse. That’s why using a harness is a good idea.

But will Fido still be able to enjoy riding down the road with his head out the window? Probably, if you choose a good harness.

It Can Get Hot.

Anytime of the year can get hot when the sun’s out. During the summer, you might tend to drink more water, and if you’re on a long trip, or just heading into town to walk down Main Street, you may have a bottle with you.

Don’t neglect Fido there. That little animal has sensitive kidneys. It’s important that you bring along water and a bowl so he can drink comfortably on breaks or whenever they get out of the car.

Remember, your dog will drink when he’s thirsty, as long as you give him that option.

Don’t Forget Food.

You may only plan on a short trip, but what happens if it ends up being a lot longer than that? Will your buddy have anything to eat?

How do you feel when you’re hungry and no one feeds you? You probably feel low on energy, grumpy, and maybe even irritable. Your four-legged friend will likely go through the same sensations.

Bring along a plastic baggie with food or a small can, just in case.

Don’t Forget the Poop Bags.

If you’re a conscientious dog owner, you know what poop bags are. When your dog relieves himself, you use these bags to pick it up and dispose of it properly so no one has to accidentally step in it.

It’s a good idea to have at least a