Strapping your dog or cat into a human seat belt isn’t really a solution to safe travel for pets. That’s where the pet seat belt comes in.

The pet seat belt, which is also called a pet vehicle safety harness, is a padded, fleece-lined vest that can be fastened to the human seat belt. It works with a car’s seat belt locking mechanism, which engages in a sudden stop. Some states require animals to be secured when riding in a vehicle, but it’s a good practice to keep pets safe even if it's not required by law.