I started reading this in the hope that it might contain some useful information that would help me to understand the UK's new laws on baby and child car seats and booster seats, because like most people I know, I am having trouble there! What I do know is that they're pretty comprehensive and strict, which is fine by me. Cars are very dangerous things even when handled well- and even if a baby is a passenger of the Best Driver Ever!, they're still at risk from all the other drivers on the road.
I don't drive, and I hope I never will. My husband got his driving license last year, aged 30. My baby (11 months) goes in the car once a week on average, if we do one big grocery shop. The rest of the time, I walk and carry him, or walk and use his pushchair. We don't live in a city or even a big town, there is little public transport and certain things are made harder by my not driving, but I much prefer it this way. I hate cars. We use them far, far too much. They certainly make a lot of people I know much lazier, they make the streets much more dangerous, and they're doing a lot to destroy the environment.
Funnily enough, when we have been in the car and unable to stop and our son cries, my husband, who is Polish, always tells me to "just pick him up!" and never understands why I refuse point blank. We've had some real fights about it on occasion.