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Safe Driving Practices While Pregnant


By PPSL / Cars / May 19, 2017


SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES WHILE PREGNANT

For the safety of her little bun in the oven, pregnant ladies are often discouraged from a variety of strenuous or risky activities. These includes heavy lifting, contact sports, and surprisingly, driving. So, while it is commonly agreed by most that driving while pregnant is perfectly fine, we have put together a list of good driving practices for mums-to-be to have a safe and comfortable drive.


Tip #1: Don't Drive


...if possible! We know this is a list of good driving practices, but hear us out! As your pregnancy advances and your bump grows, it may become more difficult for you to get in and out of your car. Also, various symptoms you experience in the first and second trimester such as nausea and fatigue, can make it hard for you to focus when driving.

So, if you absolutely have to drive, make sure to take regular breaks and only drive when you are feeling well and alert. Even better, have a driving buddy to take over the wheel!


Tip #2: Buckle Up!


It may feel a little uncomfortable on a growing belly, but wearing a seatbelt correctly can help to protect you and your baby from injury in case of sudden stops or accidents.

A three-point seatbelt with both lap belt and shoulder belt is your safest option. To wear your seatbelt correctly, place the lap belt below your baby bump and across your upper thighs, keeping it as low as possibly on your hips. Never wear the lap belt across your belly, as it can cause unnecessary pressure on your baby. Make sure the shoulder belt goes across your chest, and do not place it behind your back.


Tip #3: Get Comfy


Mums-to-be experience various discomforts during their pregnancy, more so when you are seated for long periods of time while driving. Sitting for too long can cause your feet and ankles to swell, and your legs to cramp.

To ease your discomfort, take a break from driving and do some light stretching exercises. While seated in the car, flex your feet and rotate your ankles to keep your blood circulation going. Make sure you have a bottle of water to keep hydrated and if you are on a long drive, some healthy snacks to maintain your energy levels.


Tip #4: Sit Right


Together with a correctly-worn seatbelt, your car's airbag will protect you and your baby bump in the event of an accident. Just remember to avoid leaning forward or sitting too closely to the steering wheel.

Instead, make sure you are seated with your back against the seat and your seatbelt is snug against you. In case of a collision, this seating position will minimise your forward movement and allow the airbag to work properly. If your car's steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it towards your chest and away from your belly.


Tip #5: Stay Focused


We all know mums-to-be have 101 things to do before the big day arrives. But when you are driving, it is important to focus your attention on the road. After all, you have another passenger with you now!

Do not use your phone for calls or messages, as these can prove dangerously distracting when driving. If you need to, let your loved ones or frequent contacts know when you are on the road so they would know not to call or text you unexpectedly.

 

Tip #1: Don't Drive


...if possible! We know this is a list of good driving practices, but hear us out! As your pregnancy advances and your bump grows, it may become more difficult for you to get in and out of your car. Also, various symptoms you experience in the first and second trimester such as nausea and fatigue, can make it hard for you to focus when driving.

So, if you absolutely have to drive, make sure to take regular breaks and only drive when you are feeling well and alert. Even better, have a driving buddy to take over the wheel!


Tip #2: Buckle Up!


It may feel a little uncomfortable on a growing belly, but wearing a seatbelt correctly can help to protect you and your baby from injury in case of sudden stops or accidents.

A three-point seatbelt with both lap belt and shoulder belt is your safest option. To wear your seatbelt correctly, place the lap belt below your baby bump and across your upper thighs, keeping it as low as possibly on your hips. Never wear the lap belt across your belly, as it can cause unnecessary pressure on your baby. Make sure the shoulder belt goes across your chest, and do not place it behind your back.


Tip #3: Get Comfy


Mums-to-be experience various discomforts during their pregnancy, more so when you are seated for long periods of time while driving. Sitting for too long can cause your feet and ankles to swell, and your legs to cramp.

To ease your discomfort, take a break from driving and do some light stretching exercises. While seated in the car, flex your feet and rotate your ankles to keep your blood circulation going. Make sure you have a bottle of water to keep hydrated and if you are on a long drive, some healthy snacks to maintain your energy levels.


Tip #4: Sit Right


Together with a correctly-worn seatbelt, your car's airbag will protect you and your baby bump in the event of an accident. Just remember to avoid leaning forward or sitting too closely to the steering wheel.

Instead, make sure you are seated with your back against the seat and your seatbelt is snug against you. In case of a collision, this seating position will minimise your forward movement and allow the airbag to work properly. If your car's steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it towards your chest and away from your belly.


Tip #5: Stay Focused


We all know mums-to-be have 101 things to do before the big day arrives. But when you are driving, it is important to focus your attention on the road. After all, you have another passenger with you now!

Do not use your phone for calls or messages, as these can prove dangerously distracting when driving. If you need to, let your loved ones or frequent contacts know when you are on the road so they would know not to call or text you unexpectedly.

 


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Safe Driving Practices While Pregnant


By PPSL / Cars / May 19, 2017


SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES WHILE PREGNANT

For the safety of her little bun in the oven, pregnant ladies are often discouraged from a variety of strenuous or risky activities. These includes heavy lifting, contact sports, and surprisingly, driving. So, while it is commonly agreed by most that driving while pregnant is perfectly fine, we have put together a list of good driving practices for mums-to-be to have a safe and comfortable drive.


Tip #1: Don't Drive


...if possible! We know this is a list of good driving practices, but hear us out! As your pregnancy advances and your bump grows, it may become more difficult for you to get in and out of your car. Also, various symptoms you experience in the first and second trimester such as nausea and fatigue, can make it hard for you to focus when driving.

So, if you absolutely have to drive, make sure to take regular breaks and only drive when you are feeling well and alert. Even better, have a driving buddy to take over the wheel!


Tip #2: Buckle Up!


It may feel a little uncomfortable on a growing belly, but wearing a seatbelt correctly can help to protect you and your baby from injury in case of sudden stops or accidents.

A three-point seatbelt with both lap belt and shoulder belt is your safest option. To wear your seatbelt correctly, place the lap belt below your baby bump and across your upper thighs, keeping it as low as possibly on your hips. Never wear the lap belt across your belly, as it can cause unnecessary pressure on your baby. Make sure the shoulder belt goes across your chest, and do not place it behind your back.


Tip #3: Get Comfy


Mums-to-be experience various discomforts during their pregnancy, more so when you are seated for long periods of time while driving. Sitting for too long can cause your feet and ankles to swell, and your legs to cramp.

To ease your discomfort, take a break from driving and do some light stretching exercises. While seated in the car, flex your feet and rotate your ankles to keep your blood circulation going. Make sure you have a bottle of water to keep hydrated and if you are on a long drive, some healthy snacks to maintain your energy levels.


Tip #4: Sit Right


Together with a correctly-worn seatbelt, your car's airbag will protect you and your baby bump in the event of an accident. Just remember to avoid leaning forward or sitting too closely to the steering wheel.

Instead, make sure you are seated with your back against the seat and your seatbelt is snug against you. In case of a collision, this seating position will minimise your forward movement and allow the airbag to work properly. If your car's steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it towards your chest and away from your belly.


Tip #5: Stay Focused


We all know mums-to-be have 101 things to do before the big day arrives. But when you are driving, it is important to focus your attention on the road. After all, you have another passenger with you now!

Do not use your phone for calls or messages, as these can prove dangerously distracting when driving. If you need to, let your loved ones or frequent contacts know when you are on the road so they would know not to call or text you unexpectedly.

 

Tip #1: Don't Drive


...if possible! We know this is a list of good driving practices, but hear us out! As your pregnancy advances and your bump grows, it may become more difficult for you to get in and out of your car. Also, various symptoms you experience in the first and second trimester such as nausea and fatigue, can make it hard for you to focus when driving.

So, if you absolutely have to drive, make sure to take regular breaks and only drive when you are feeling well and alert. Even better, have a driving buddy to take over the wheel!


Tip #2: Buckle Up!


It may feel a little uncomfortable on a growing belly, but wearing a seatbelt correctly can help to protect you and your baby from injury in case of sudden stops or accidents.

A three-point seatbelt with both lap belt and shoulder belt is your safest option. To wear your seatbelt correctly, place the lap belt below your baby bump and across your upper thighs, keeping it as low as possibly on your hips. Never wear the lap belt across your belly, as it can cause unnecessary pressure on your baby. Make sure the shoulder belt goes across your chest, and do not place it behind your back.


Tip #3: Get Comfy


Mums-to-be experience various discomforts during their pregnancy, more so when you are seated for long periods of time while driving. Sitting for too long can cause your feet and ankles to swell, and your legs to cramp.

To ease your discomfort, take a break from driving and do some light stretching exercises. While seated in the car, flex your feet and rotate your ankles to keep your blood circulation going. Make sure you have a bottle of water to keep hydrated and if you are on a long drive, some healthy snacks to maintain your energy levels.


Tip #4: Sit Right


Together with a correctly-worn seatbelt, your car's airbag will protect you and your baby bump in the event of an accident. Just remember to avoid leaning forward or sitting too closely to the steering wheel.

Instead, make sure you are seated with your back against the seat and your seatbelt is snug against you. In case of a collision, this seating position will minimise your forward movement and allow the airbag to work properly. If your car's steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it towards your chest and away from your belly.


Tip #5: Stay Focused


We all know mums-to-be have 101 things to do before the big day arrives. But when you are driving, it is important to focus your attention on the road. After all, you have another passenger with you now!

Do not use your phone for calls or messages, as these can prove dangerously distracting when driving. If you need to, let your loved ones or frequent contacts know when you are on the road so they would know not to call or text you unexpectedly.

 


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