The majority of families rely on cars for getting out and about, so it is important to find safe, effective ways of transporting children with additional needs.
It can be quite difficult for parents and carers to safely and comfortably transport disabled children - particularly if the child has difficulty maintaining an upright position unassisted. Specially designed car seats, belts and harnesses can be invaluable and can make travelling much safer and fun.
Transferring your disabled child in and out of the car becomes more difficult as they get older and heavier. Some families choose to put the mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) towards a Motability vehicle that allows their child to travel in a wheelchair. This removes the need for difficult transfers and reduces strain on parents and carers backs. Always check with the wheelchair supplier that the chair and its fixings are appropriate for this.
Read our advice on children's transport equipment, such as the law on carrying children in vehicles, geting financial assistance with transporting a disabled child and tips on choosing a car seat.
If you carry other people's children in your vehicle, you may wish to read RoSPA's advice on carrying other people's children safely.
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