Dogs at Chevrolet stand at NY Auto Show

GM Goes to the Dogs at New York Auto Show

It's a comment sentiment to say "GM is going to the dogs" in any number of ways (design, government loans, etc.) but not in the way you would least expect: serving them and their owners breakfast while letting them prance around the GM display at the New York International Auto Show.

On Wednesday, before the doors opened to the general public, GM put the call out for owners and their pooches to come on down to the show for breakfast and a sampling of what makes GM a dog-friendly company. Of course, at the same time, there was advice for owners on what attributes make a car pooch friendly.

Not surprisingly, the expert GM had at the show, Charlotte Reed, was loaded with advice about what Chevrolets make the right vehicles for pets. However, you can take her advice and apply it to most any vehicle on the road, now that you know what to look for in a vehicle friendly to your pets.

“To avoid stress, do your homework in advance and make note of your specific pet’s needs and review safety features,” said Reed, a pet lifestyle expert and First for Women pet solutions columnist.. “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:

· Safety features. According to the 2011 AAA/Kurgo study, three out of 10 pet owners admit to being distracted while driving. One in five admits to driving with a pet in their lap. The Chevrolet Equinox, for example, has a lane-departure warning system, 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.


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