Seat belts are one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from serious injury in a car accident. If you’re pregnant, you should still wear a seat belt, but you can modify it for maximum comfort and protection, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA suggests that pregnant women who are traveling in cars should wear a seatbelt at all times. If you’re in the front seat, move it back as far as possible. Keep at least 10 inches between yourself and the center of the steering wheel or the dashboard. The shoulder part of the seat belt should lay across the center of your chest, off your neck, and the lap part should lay low and snug across your hips.
If you have air bags, doctors recommend that you leave them turned on, since they can provide the best protection along with seat belts in an accident, according to the NHTSA. Do not rely on your air bags instead of your seat belt, however; air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not to replace them.
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