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Pregnant women are more likely to crash, but still safer than men.

Studies found that expectant mothers are 42% more likely to crash their cars than women who aren’t pregnant, but young men are still more at risk

If you are expecting a child, it might be nice to know that you are still safer on the road than men!

Studies done with over half a million women show that in the second trimester of pregnancy a woman’s risk of having a crash requiring emergency medical treatment went up from 4.55 to 6.47 per 1,000. However, that was still a lower risk than men of the same age, with scientists revealing the male crash rate to be eight per 1,000 drivers. Even the worst month during pregnancy – the fifth – peaked at only 7.66 per 1,000.

Researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science said that the second trimester was worse because pregnant women would be affected by nausea, fatigue and distraction. “These findings do not mean pregnant women shouldn’t drive,” he added. “An awareness of the elevated risk during the second trimester does merit consideration for prenatal care.”

Here are 6 tips for pregnant drivers:

1. Minimise the need to drive-  Especially as your pregnancy progresses and belly gets closer and closer to the steering wheel.

2. Wear your seat belt at all times- The belt will have no adverse effect on your pregnancy.

3. Take regular breaks- It’s important to keep healthy circulation, particularly in your legs.

4. Always be prepared for health emergencies.

5. Stop driving at the best time- As you get closer to your due date, it ‘s a good idea to reduce driving.

6. Position yourself correctly- Move your seat as far back as is comfortable and tilt it slightly away from the steering wheel. Try to position yourself at least 25cm from the steering wheel.

(Source: Wheels 24 and Auto Express)

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