Hopping in a taxi is meant to be a convenience open for all of us to experience. It can take you to your holiday accommodation or to your workplace.
However, with toddlers onboard, it can often get overwhelming, worrying about their security.
Babies require special support and safety measures when traveling in a vehicle. Here are some tips that will help you out:
A child car seat is a must when traveling with a child. Car seats are made specifically for children under 8. Children this age are too small to fit into manufacturer installed seats. The seatbelts won’t do much to protect them; hence they need a child car seat.
You can carry your own one around or ask the cab service if they provide them in their cars.
The state laws in Texas make it compulsory to use a safety seat for kids under 8 and under 4 ft 9 in. Rear facing seats are recommended.
If your child is old enough to remain seated on their own, make sure you have them strapped in. The seatbelt should be placed across their chest. If the seatbelt is placed incorrectly, it will provide no support to their head and chest.
Don’t rush it
When traveling with children, it’s important not to rush through seating them. You need to take your time to make sure the safety seats are correctly fitted. Don’t feel rushed because the driver is waiting, it’s your fundamental right to keep your children safe!
Pre-book a cab
If you know well in advance that you’ll be traveling with kids, it’s good to book a cab in advance. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can ask the management to arrange a child car seat for you.
Pre-booking a cab means you won’t be stuck in a taxi rank queue either.
Do your research
Research cab services offered in the area and compare their prices. Having a general idea of what your journey should cost will make you vigilant overcharging.
If you do still plan on hailing a cab off the street, agree on a price before the ride begins. You don’t want any last minute surprises, especially when it comes to charges. You also don’t want to end up arguing in front of your kids.
Always have cash on yourself
When it comes to taking a cab, always have cash on you. When traveling solo or with your kids, you have to be self-sufficient. It’s not like a friend will help you out if you run out of. Keep some additional money on you for tipping too!