Regardless of what kind of vehicle or transport system we use to get to our destination spot, once we have arrived at our destination it is quite likely that we will be using other methods of transport as a family. Whether we are going on a tourist trail or to the beach or even just visiting a neighboring city, we need to be well-prepared so that any option we take is a safe option.
If our destination is within Spain, we must of course observe all the rules of the road. If you are going to be traveling around Europe, we recommend you take a look at this website which explains the traffic rules in every country in the European Union and you will also find advice here on how to drive in other countries around the world. You will also find a list of road safety «cross-border sanctions». In order to establish what kind of ‘Children's Road Safety’ systems we should be using, we have gathered together the regulations from the European Union (which does not vary too much from country to country) as well as from Latin America and the United States.
We have also prepared infographics where we explain this legislation:
In Spain, children who are up to 135cm tall must travel on the rear seats in an approved child restraint system suitable for their size and weight when they are in vehicles which have up to 9 seats, including the driver.
Only three exceptions can be made:
- If the vehicle does not have any rear seats.
- If all the rear seats are already occupied by other children in their respective child restraints.
- If a child restraint system cannot be installed on the rear seats.
This is applicable when you are traveling in your own car or a rental car. In this case, the legislation in our destination is the same as for our regular journeys. If you are going to be using a different means of transport, why not take a look at this article which specifies what the legislation establishes for each type of transport: train, airplane, bus, etc. Note that airplane travel has its own specific case.
We might also decide to use an RV for our vacations. In this case, we should treat it like a normal passenger car, meaning that children must be seated in child car seats suitable for their size and weight.
If the child has a disability or special needs, don't forget that we have a specific section with a whole raft of articles dedicated to each specific need they may have.
Lastly, if we plan to take a taxi when we reach our destination, we need to be aware of certain important aspects. Firstly, the child's guardian is responsible for them, i.e. the person in charge of the child. Secondly, within cities a child can travel on the rear seats without using a child restraint system, however, if we are taking an intercity journey the child must be put in a CRS.
Something we will never tire of saying is that it is crucial to always use an approved child restraint system suitable for your child's weight and height, whether you are in the city or on intercity roads, even if it is not strictly compulsory. The child's safety should always be your number one priority.