Traveling in any European city, or going on a trip to the United States or Latin America. Going on a car trip with a child can raise a number of questions, mostly concerning what would be the best legal way for the child to travel by car. Each country has its own specific legislation, although they usually have a fair amount in common. We have come up with three infographics where you can see what the legislation says in several different countries.
Now that you have nearly everything ready and it is time to prepare the journey: how should my child travel by car when we are driving around Mexico? What if we then go on to Guatemala? What is the safest way to transport my child in France? Because legislative standards are updated from time to time it is very important to check with the Consulate first, or look it up on the official website of the country or city where you are going to be driving, to see what the regulations stipulate.
It is important to emphasize that, despite what the standards of each country may state, children must of course travel with the child restraint system approved for their height and weight. Safety should always come first. If the country we are traveling in does not have any clear legislative guidelines guaranteeing the safety of the child, this does not mean that we cannot put the child in a child car seat.
Bear in mind that if the seat belt is not correctly fastened (this is how the seat belt should be fastened), the belt should be securing a child car seat whose main purpose is to boost the child up so that the seat belt is tightly fastened. If it is too short, the child seat itself will secure the child.
Therefore, if the seat belt cannot be properly adjusted, the child should be seated in a child restraint.
Traveling in the European Union
In "Children's Road Safety' we provide you with everything you need to know about European Union legislation.
In this infographic you can read up on CRS legislation in each European Union country.
By car in Latin America
Due to the high number of countries in Latin America, compiling all the legislation in a single document is a near impossible task.
We have prepared an infographic on the main laws governing child transport by car in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This is how a child should travel in the United States
There is no single set of regulations in the United States on the use of child restraint systems. Each state has its own regulations. This is why it is so important to find out what the current legislation is in each state.
Different ways of securing the seat
If you are going to rent a car in any of these countries, you will almost certainly come across a different type of anchorage. In the United States the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system is used, while in Europe it is the ISOFIX system.