• 5 Road Safety Tips for Pregnant Drivers

    Here are some tips to keep preggy drivers as safe as possible on the road.
  • preggy driverJust because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you used to do before. Driving, for instance, is something you can still do; however, because you have a baby in your belly, certain precautions, of course, have to be observed.

    According to IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) Drive and Survive, strapping on your seatbelt is still one of the most basic safety tips when driving as it restrains your belly from hitting the steering wheel.

    How do you properly wear your seatbelt when you’re preggy? Never cross it over your belly. Make sure the diagonal part of the strap lies comfortably across your chest (between your breasts) and the lap part of the strap as low as possible below your abdomen. More tips:

    Avoid driving as much as possible. Yes, ladies, while we understand your need to feel as capable of doing ordinary tasks like driving, we recommend making the most out of your condition and letting people do things for you. Have hubby or someone else drive for you, as much as possible, to minimize risks.

    Move the seat back. You can do this as long as you can see and adjust both your side mirrors, and you can reach for the brakes, gas and clutch pedals.

    Take plenty of breaks while driving, whether for short or long trips. Being in a sitting position for a long period of time can cause leg cramps, so if you can, plan your trip ahead of time to avoid heavy traffic. Do not drive during your last trimester of pregnancy, as your water bag could break any time.

    Let friends and co-workers know that you are pregnant. It’s important that people you are with every day are aware of your condition, so they’ll be ready to assist you should you need any aid. This will also prevent any driving-related tasks that might be too challenging for you.


    Sources:
    •    “Baby On Board: Safe Driving for Mothers-To-Be” iamdriveandsurvive.co.uk
    •    “Travel and Driving During Pregnancy” pregnancysurvey.com
    •    “Driving Safety Tips for Pregnant Women” www.mi.gov


    Photography by David Hanson Ong

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