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Nighttime safety for dogs is important any time of year, but even more so as the days get shorter and the dark settles in during autumn and winter. When waning daylight forces more people to take their dogs on walks in low-light conditions, it’s important to raise awareness that the pre-dawn and post-dusk hours are more dangerous for dogs. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for dogs to get hit by cars or sustain other injuries resulting from decreased visibility.
There are no official statistics about the number of dogs hit by cars per year. A widely cited online article by The Pet’s Tech claims that 1.2 million dogs are killed on roads every year, though there is no official verification. Whatever the specific number of accidents, it’s safe to say that far too many dogs and cats are killed by cars every year. Even in cases where a dog is spared a life-threatening injury, off-leash dogs can also cause car accidents resulting in injury or death to people.
The danger increases significantly at night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrians are at least three times more likely to be hit by a car when it’s dark out. And that’s for people, who unlike dogs understand traffic laws and patterns.
You can reduce the risk of serious injury and death by making it easier for drivers to see you and your dog. This is accomplished by:
Since some people might feel a little silly taking their dog for a walk while wearing a reflective vest and a headlamp, the more palatable option for many dog lovers is to purchase a light-up or LED dog collar and/or leash, or place some sort of reflective clothing on your dog. (They tend to not have the same social concerns as us, and are often more than happy to look or act goofy!) Many of these products cost roughly the same as an ordinary collar and come in a variety of sizes and styles. In addition to reducing the danger that your dog will be hit by a driver who can’t see them, an LED collar will also make it easier for you to find your dog if they manage to get away from you in the dark.