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One thing that you might hear while you’re pregnant is driving safety tips. It makes sense, as an accident while driving could potentially be traumatic. So, here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads during a pregnancy.

Stay Focused on the Road

Around three million Americans are injured in car accidents annually, and a lot of the time these accidents are preventable. They occur because a driver is distracted. Now, you can’t control other drivers and how they focus, but you can control how you focus on the road. This means putting away your phone, not focusing on changing the song you’re listening to, or letting other distractions set in. A common part of pregnancy is struggling with cravings, for instance. There’s nothing wrong with snacking while in the car, but don’t let those snacks distract you. Keep your snack prepared and easy to reach, before you start driving.

Be Prepared Before You Start Driving

In a lot of cases, conditions on the road change. The weather can turn bad, and you may struggle to drive in the snow or rainstorm. Other drivers may be reckless. So, prepare for driving before you hit the road. That means adjusting your mirrors and setting up everything that you need to have prepared before you hit the road. This is especially important if you already have children, as they can create a distraction if you’re not careful. It’s also important to know your insurance situation before you get into the car to drive, as different states have different laws regarding how you file a claim. In Florida, for instance, you have up to four years.

Be Prepared for Nausea

Most pregnancies come with nausea. In particular, what’s known as morning sickness can be fairly common. This is incredibly distracting and dangerous while you’re driving. Just think about how over 50% of all personal injury cases are related to car accidents. Those car accidents are anything from a crash where someone is distracted and hits a car, to a pedestrian being hit by a car. Don’t let your nausea put you at risk of an accident. Be prepared with an anti-nausea bracelet or edible anti-nausea snack. These can be lifesavers when you need to stay focused on the road.

Limit How Often You Drive

There is no way that you can avoid driving entirely, but during pregnancy, it is always a good idea to cut down on how often you need to be behind the wheel of a car. Going to work is incredibly important, and errands are unavoidable. However, you may want to cut out Sunday drives or any extra road trips that you might have been planning on. It’s also a great idea to have someone else drive whenever possible. This limits the chance that the extra distractions brought on by pregnancy, like nausea and cravings, can distract you on the road and create a major issue. Furthermore, if you do have other children already, avoiding extra driving will limit the stress of watching them while focusing on the road.

Driving is dangerous under any circumstances. It’s just one of those risks that we take every single day, without much thought. When you’re pregnant, though, you’re not just taking the risk for yourself, but your child too. So, be prepared to drive as safely as possible.