Australians are big animal lovers, with an estimated 25 million pets across the country. Dogs are the most common pet of choice, with 39 per cent of households owning at least one. (RSPCA)

For many of us, our pets are part of the family and are included in weekend outings and holidays. However, if you drive with your pet in the car, there are strict road rules you need to be aware of.

Under the NSW Road Rules, you can be fined and lose demerit points if your animal is causing you to not be in full control of the vehicle you are driving. You are also prohibited from driving with a pet on your lap. You may be fined up to $425 and lose three demerit points.

Dogs on utes must also be restrained so that it cannot fall off or be injured. Failure to do so can result in fines of up to $500.

The best way to ensure you comply with these laws is to restrain your dog. This will ensure your dog cannot move around the vehicle and will decrease the risk of serious injury, should the driver brake heavily.

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