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Survey says you should buckle up your pup too

(KLTV) - We all know that texting and driving is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to driving, but what about our furry friends sitting in the front seat with us?

According to AAA, 31 percent of drivers admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving.

Meet Hannah Andrews, a dog enthusiast who says her pets are more like family who travel everywhere with her.

"You know its just like kids, you have to do what you can to protect them," says Andrews.

That's exactly what Hannah has been doing after she almost got into a terrible wreck because her dogs were loose in her car, distracting her.

"When I first got her, she was abused real bad and she was scared and she started moving around in the truck. And I had her tied to the seat and she went to the back seat and she started choking and I almost got in an accident trying to get her lose," Andrews recalled.

So Andrews invested in a crate to carry Jasmin and Scarlett around on trips.

According to a survey conducted by AAA and Kurgo, more than half of the participants admitted to petting their dog while driving---even worse some admitted to feeding and playing with their dogs while behind the wheel.

Pet expert Shawn Epperson says the best, and safest thing you can do for you and your pet is to use some kind of pet restraint system when traveling.

Epperson says pet restraint systems can start as low as $13, but it all depends on the type of system you purchase for your pooch.

The AAA foundation for traffic safety also found that looking away from the road for only two seconds can double your risk of being in a car crash.

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