It may be more difficult to buckle up in your third trimester of pregnancy,
but buckling up protects two lives instead of one. There is never a time
when you should not use a seat belt-- even during pregnancy. Simply adjust
the belt so that it is comfortable but still snug enough to keep you safe.
You may wish to – and actually need to – adjust your seat
as you get into the later months of the pregnancy.
According to the NHTSA, you should move the front seat back as far from
the steering wheel as possible while still being able to safely operate
the vehicle. Make sure you can still comfortably reach the pedals but
keep at least 10 inches between the center of your chest and the steering
wheel. As your abdomen grows during pregnancy, adjust your seat to maintain
this 10-inch minimum. Also, do not disable the airbag at any time. It
is designed to work WITH your seatbelt – and together they offer
maximum protection in the event of an accident.
My office is dedicated to helping people injured in auto accidents. For
a free, no obligation consultation or
case evaluation, call me at 619-209-6066.