Does your four-legged friend go everywhere with you? Does his head tilt and ears perk at the mere mention of a R-I-D-E? Trips in the car can be fun for your pet, but as a responsible owner, keeping Fido safe should be top of mind – whether you’re taking a quick drive around the block or an extended road trip.

These 3 tips can help you & your pet reach your destination safe & sound:

1. STAY in the back.

In a 2011 AAA survey, 52 percent of dog owners admitted to petting their dog while traveling in their vehicle. Putting your pooch in the backseat will help keep your focus on the road, but is getting your pet to stay there a problem? According to CBS News, safety barriers can help keep Fido exactly where you want him.

Interested in getting a safety barrier for your pet? Check out these customer reviews from AutoAnything.com before shopping.

2. SHAKE bad habits.

Your dog might love to stick his head out the window, but according to Animal Planet, allowing your dog to ride with its head out of the window can expose its eyes to dirt, dust, and other road debris. Even if your dog wore goggles, there are other dangers like ear trauma and injury (or worse).

3. SIT in your seat.

Are you looking for a product that can help keep Fido safe during an accident? A crate or harness might help. In fact, AAA suggests both devices can protect your pet, but be sure to research the pros and cons of each to find a product to meet your needs.

For more great tips, check out Pooch Protection 101: Keeping Your Dog Safe In Your Car from our friends at AOL. And don’t forget to consult your state’s laws on pet restraints in vehicles or contact your state’s motor vehicle agency before hitting the road.