September 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Road safety charity The Institute of Advanced Motorists are offering weekly motoring tips from a guest advanced driver, this week Amanda Smith advised on driving whilst pregnant.
- Protect your baby and belt up. Your seat belt is the only thing stopping you from flying forward and hitting your abdomen on the steering wheel.
- Wear the lap strap below your bump, as low as possible, from hip-bone to hip-bone.
- Keep the diagonal strap between your breasts, moving the strap around the side of your bump.
- Incorrect use can harm the baby in the case of a collision, so always make sure the seatbelt is worn above and below the bump, not over the middle.
- Adjust the fit of your belt to be as snug and comfortable as possible.
- You can move the seat back, as long as you adjust your mirrors accordingly and can reach the brake, accelerator and clutch.
Amanda Smith said: “There is much advice available on whether or not it is safe to drive while you’re pregnant. As long as you feel well and are comfortable, you can continue to drive up until labour.”