While expectant mothers try their best to avoid potential health risks during their pregnancy, refraining from driving for nine months is simply not realistic for most. Therefore, the best an expectant mother can do is exercise best driving practices so that they and the baby on board face the least possible risk of harm.
Some driving safety tips for expectant mothers include:
One of the benefits of being pregnant is that others typically recognize you’re caring for two. You should never accept unnecessary risk of harm to you or your child if you can avoid it. If someone else is willing to run an errand and do the driving for you, don’t be a hero—take them up on the offer.
The laws of physics dictate that the greater speed you are traveling, the greater force your body will experience during a collision. Therefore, it is in your and your child’s interest to drive as slowly as possible. From a practical standpoint, minimizing your driving speed means:
There is simply too much at stake for you to drive at high speeds while pregnant.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that drivers cause the vast majority of accidents. If you ensure that you are not the driver who causes an accident, you eliminate a substantial risk of injury to yourself and your child.
Best driving practices include:
Safe driving is the only way of driving for expectant mothers.
If you have to ride in a motor vehicle but don’t have to drive, consider sitting in the back seat. This may spare you from being struck by an airbag, taking the brunt of force in a rear-end or head-on collision, or striking the dashboard in the case of a collision.
When you’re in the driver’s seat as an expectant mother, scoot your seat as far back as possible while still being able to reach the gas pedal and brake. This way, you may reduce the risk that your stomach will strike the steering wheel in the event of an accident.
There is always a risk of an accident when you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. With these tips, though, we hope to help you avoid being in a collision, as this can be one of the most frightening events for a pregnant mother.
If you do fall victim to a motor vehicle accident, the injury attorneys at Hampton Injury Law PLC want to get justice for you. Call today for a free case evaluation about how we will seek money for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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