Car Transfer: Back Seat

This page will tell you how to safely get in and out of the back seat of a car. Getting in and out of a car takes a lot of bending. The following tips will make it easier for you.

1. Be sure the front seats of the car are as far forward as possible.

2. If your right leg is hurt, you should enter the back seat on the passenger’s side of the car. If your left leg is hurt, enter the back seat on the driver’s side.

3. The car should be parked several feet away from the curb. With the back car door open, stand on the street as close to the car as possible.

4. Turn so your back is facing the seat. Back up until you feel the car seat behind both legs (see picture above).

5. Place one hand on the back of the front seat. Place your other hand on the back seat. Never use the car door for support (see picture at left).

6. Carefully lower yourself onto the car seat. Slide back along the seat with your hurt leg lying on the seat (see picture below.)


Safety tips

  • You can use pillows to cushion your back or to raise your leg, if your doctor says you may.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

Note: Your therapist may show you different ways to get in and out of a car depending on your situation. Follow the instructions you are given.

Reviewed January 2011

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