Pregnancy is an exciting time of change, but this does not mean that you are exempt from wearing a seatbelt. Buckling up is more important than ever. Wearing a seatbelt saves lives.
Wearing a seat belt while pregnant will not harm your baby. It may not always be comfortable but if you have a collision it will significantly improve your safety and help to protect you, your baby and any other adults and children travelling with you.
The seatbelt’s diagonal strap is to sit between your breasts, whilst moving the strap around the side of your bump so that the lap strap sits comfortably under your bump, as low as possible, from hipbone to hipbone. You may find that you will need to adjust the seatbelt, especially as the baby grows so that it is more comfortable.
You may also find that you need to push the seat back and adjust the height of the seat and steering wheel. Remember not to move your seat too far away from the steering wheel, as you don’t want to be stretching too much to reach the clutch, brake and accelerator. This could affect your reaction times. Don't forget that adjusting the seat could change your view out of the mirrors so always check them if you have made any adjustments.
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