Many pregnant women tend to worry about driving, especially in later stages of their pregnancy.
Although driving can feel a little uncomfortable, particularly in your third trimester, it is safe to drive while pregnant. However, this does depend on your health, levels of fatigue and any other factors that may have a dangerous impact on driving safely.
To ease your mind, we’ve outlined the five top tips to consider when driving while pregnant, to make you feel safe, secure and comfortable with driving. It’s also worth exploring different car insurance policies, to ensure you have the best protection available when driving while pregnant.
- Avoid long distance journeys
Driving to the shops to pick up a few babygrows, an overnight bag or simply to do your weekly shop is fine, but driving for a long period of time can really take its toll on your body and energy levels. For instance, many more accidents occur on the motorway than on your average busy road because there are more drivers, lorries and unprecedented delays. So, be mindful of where you drive and how much time you spend driving.
Also, if you do decide to travel that bit longer, ensure you stop for regular toilet and refreshment breaks.
- Be mindful of airbags
Airbags are installed in a car to keep you safe in the event of a collision. However, when pregnant you should actually move your seat back a little, and tilt it back. Taking these measures will provide a good amount of distance between your baby bump and the steering wheel. It should also be noted that the later the pregnancy, the further back your seat should be, to give you enough space in front of the wheel.
- Instantly get checked out if you are involved in any road accident
If you find yourself in even a minor collision with another road user, you must attend the hospital as soon as possible. You may turn up and find out you’ve only (thankfully) got a bit of whiplash to the neck, but it’s worth getting an MOT for both yours and your baby’s health. A quick trip to the hospital really is necessary, no matter how minor you feel the incident was. Remember, it really is better to be safe than sorry.
- Assess your levels of fatigue
One downside about being pregnant is your fatigue increases while your energy levels slow right down; after all, you’re looking after a tiny human as well as yourself. Therefore, consider how well you’re feeling before offering to drive to the shops.
Feeling tired can really distract you when driving and cause you to lose concentration very easily. So, as much as you are able to drive, you need to assess whether it is safe to drive, depending on how you are feeling before you plan on heading out in your car.
- Don’t forget your seat belt
As obvious as it may seem, it’s crucial you have your seat belt fastened at all times while driving. It’s not quite as simple as that, either; you need to ensure your seat belt is not pressing down on your bump and causing your discomfort. At all costs, avoid ‘lap only’ belts; these can cause serious harm to your baby if sudden pressure is applied to the breaks or you need to perform an emergency stop.
This should not be construed as advice and is for information purposes, only.