Whether you are traveling for work or play, a taxi with a car seat can be convenient and fast for getting around, especially with children. But many people have concerns about how safe it is to travel in one with a child and a car seat. Sadly, statistics are slow to come out but the best advice is that babies and small children should always be properly restrained in a car seat no matter where they are travelling.
When traveling abroad, it is a good idea to bring your own child’s car seat if possible. This way you know it is installed correctly and the laws are enforced where you are visiting. In the USA, bringing your own car seat with you can be difficult because many taxi companies do not allow passengers to use them (though it is legal). Uber is working to change that and they have an option for parents called “ubercarseat”. If you are traveling in Southeast Asia, check out GrabFamily which has family-friendly rideshare options.
Safety First: The Ultimate Guide to Taxi Services with Car Seats
Some airport taxi companies do have car seats available and will keep them at the taxi stand for passengers to use on their journey from the airplane. If you plan to do this, it is best to call the company ahead of time to confirm that they have a seat available and make sure they will be installing it correctly for you.
It is also a good idea to try and hail a larger taxi (van or sedan) as these are easier to install car seats in. Also, a stroller that is easy to fold up and fit into the trunk of the taxi can be a lifesaver in this situation.