Monday, 8 March 2010 11:00 AM
Pregnant women must maintain safe driving standards in the run-up to the birth of their baby, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has said.
The body has given its tips for driving safely and comfortably as a mum-to-be, pointing out that seatbelts must still be worn.
Chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "The steering wheel hitting the abdomen is the main danger for pregnant drivers in a collision, and the seatbelt is the only thing stopping the driver flying forward."
He warned women not to let the seatbelt sit in the middle of their abdomen, instead ensuring the lap strap goes below the bump as low as possible and the diagonal strap sits between the breasts.
The risk of injury could be reduced by up to 70 per cent when a seatbelt is worn, the IAM pointed out.
It also suggested women sit slightly further back in the driving seat than usual, using pedal extenders to ensure they can reach the accelerator, brake and clutch comfortably.