A few weeks ago I took a trip to Mountain View AR to stay at my parent's second home. This is about a 3 and 1/2 hour drive from where I live. Since I took the dachsie, I let her out about 30 minutes before we left and when we went to go, I put her in her crate and put the crate on the back seat directly behind me. My parents absolutely give me hell about doing this. My reasoning is that I have both driver and passenger side airbags (which could easily kill her if they go off in a wreck) and I don't need her running all over the car while I'm driving. I feel like she's safer in the backseat in her crate than she'd ever be loose in the car. Do you guys crate your pet (cats or dogs) for long car trips?