Pregnant women are usually very fragile. Thus, they should all be treated with care at all times. One time when the safety of a pregnant woman is most important is when she is on the road. But then there are times when she might have no choice but to drive herself. Here are some safety tips for pregnant drivers:
AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE
This is especially important if you are close to delivery.
AVOID MAJOR ROADS
This reduces the chances of getting into accidents and situations where you have to tussle with other drivers. Avoid the stress as much as possible by taking the internal roads to wherever you are going.
MAKE SURE THE AIR BAGS ARE WORKING
Do a routine check on your airbags before you get on the road to make sure that they are working.
Gynecologists recommend that pregnant drivers use a three-point safety belt as follows; place the lap belt portion below the abdomen and on the upper thigh as low as possible. Never place the belt over your belly or over the waist. Also, position the shoulder belt just below the collar bone.
MINIMIZE DRIVING IN HARSH WEATHER
Try as much as possible not to drive when visibility is poor, such as during rainy or foggy weather.
AVOID LEANING FORWARD
This would increase the risk of injures to you or the baby in the event of a crash. Always rest your back on the seat and make sure the seatbelt is not slack.
KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE STEERING WHEEL
Always tilt your chair away from the steering wheel and maintain a distance of at least 10 inches from it. also, the steering wheel should be tilted towards your sternum, not your abdomen.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED
Have everything you might need in your car, in case of an emergency. Make sure your phone is fully charged, and there is sufficient airtime, in case you need to make a call. Keep toiletries and clean clothes handy, too.
DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED
If you are involved n a crash, no matter how minor, check with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
SHARE YOUR LOCATION AT ALL TIMES
Make sure someone knows where you are, especially a family member or a loved one.