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For parents that live in a city, travelling by taxi can be an everyday occurrence. Of course, you’ll be taking your child along with you sometimes, and that means you’ll want to have them in a car seat, too. Accidents happen, but if you take the proper precautions you will be able to prevent injuries. Here are some tips for travelling by taxi with your little one.
First of all, if your child is young or small enough that they should be in a car seat, then they should be in a car seat in the taxi, too! It is not safe to be holding him or her.
First of all, before you board the taxi, here are some things to remember.
First of all, buckle your child into the car seat safely and securely. Do this before you even leave your house! It’s a huge pain having to do it inside the taxi or on the sidewalk.
Choosing the taxi is the next step. Here are some tips for hailing a taxi.
Of course, the answer is YES! While a taxi ride is generally a short one, going only a short distance, they are involved in a rather large percentage of overall automobile accidents. You’ve also probably heard the saying that most accidents happen within a short distance from the home. Always buckle up! That should be rule #1.
A car seat belt’s main job is to keep you inside the vehicle in the unfortunate case of an accident. Younger and smaller children are far more susceptible to this happening. Furthermore, young and small children will probably have absolutely no benefit from using a regular seat belt rather than a car seat, and might even be exposing themselves to further injury due to an ill-fitting seat belt.
You should never, EVER ride in any vehicle, including a taxi, while holding your child. This is by far the most dangerous way to travel in a vehicle. In the case of an accident, you can’t possibly hold onto the child tightly enough to make sure they stay inside the vehicle, and furthermore, your forward motion could possibly crush and severely injure the child.
Therefore, no infant or toddler should ever be in a taxi or any other vehicle without a safety seat.
Absolutely not! This is an extremely dangerous practice, and under no circumstances should you do this. The reason for this is that in the case of an automobile crash, the forces end up giving your body an effective weight many, many times what you actually weigh. This will almost certainly result in you crushing and likely killing your baby. Never do this, ever!