Rule No. 4: Know how to install your seat without the base
Most rear-facing-only seats in the U.S. install very similarly when used without their base, as Baer shows here in this instructional video from the e-book Ready, Set, Baby! A few seats in the U.S. (and basically every seat in Europe) have a different routing path for the vehicle’s seat belt when installing the carrier without the base. This European-style path — shown here in this instructional video — typically gives a much more secure installation and enhances the protection by allowing the back of the child’s seat to absorb as much energy as possible. Baer recommends these seats, all of which have a European-style path: Cybex Aton & Aton2, Graco Snug Ride 35 Classic Connect, Nuna Pipa (coming out soon) and UPPAbaby Mesa.
Rule No. 5: Make sure YOU buckle up
Make sure EVERYONE in the taxi buckles up … even adults in the back seat. Restrained passengers are up to three times more likely to die if a person in the back is not buckled up, Baer says.
Rule No. 6: Keep the door open
You might need a little extra help from your cabbie, so tipping him a dollar or two BEFORE you take off might buy you his patience at the very least. Plus, keep the door open until your little one is safely buckled, as closing the door is your driver’s signal to drive off.
Rule No. 7: Have fun
“I strongly encourage people to take advantage of our city — just do it safely,” Baer says. “Take a deep breath and you can do this in about 45 seconds.” Click here for Baer’s “Taxi Tip Sheet” for more great advice!