1. Letting them ride shotgun
First things first, your dog is a distraction. It's cute, easily excited, and bloodthirsty for adoration on your Instagram. Canines are social creatures that command attention, which isn't the ideal co-pilot when your eyes are fixed on the road.
Then there's the safety issue: If you’re in a moderate collision that’s hard enough to set off the airbag, the resulting explosion will likely do more harm than good to your dog. Government recommendations for children are that your kid stays in the back seat until it's big enough to wear a seatbelt. So unless your dog is the size of a young adolescent human, keep it out of the front seat.