Using a seat belt is becoming more and more common in society. Something which started out as a huge problem in 1992, when it became compulsory in urban settings is today completely automatic for the vast majority of drivers and passengers.
It is the car safety system that has saved the most lives since its invention. Nevertheless, there are still people who do not know it is compulsory to wear a seat belt and who wear it just to avoid a fine or simply because it is compulsory.
Since a lot of people are unaware of the details of the general rules, not knowing what pregnant women should do is no exception. One in six people are unaware that using a seat belt is also obligatory for pregnant women. Or in other words, they think that these women are not required to wear a seat belt.
This is one of the surprising pieces of data to emerge from the latest Fundación CEA study entitled, «Use and awareness of the seat belt», which has also brought up other results, along with those mentioned above.
- 80.6% of people always use a seat belt in case of an accident.
- 17.18% are unaware that pregnant women are required to fasten their seat belts.
- 94.68% believe that the seat belt is the vehicle's most important passive safety system.
Seat belt use in pregnant women
The seat belt is a passive safety system that cannot be substituted for any other device. Pregnant women are no exception and must wear their seat belt the entire time they are driving.
As we already know, driving while pregnant is safe to do. There are two times of greater risk for a pregnant woman when driving: during the first three months and in the final weeks of pregnancy. However, unless a woman is exempt from using a seat belt for medical reasons, she can drive safely providing she is wearing the appropriate seat belt.
There are a series of restraint devices on the market which have been adapted for pregnant women which are attached to the seat belt and ensure that it is correctly positioned. These devices are perfectly safe.
To clear up any doubts you might have, we recommend you take a look at our article on advice on using a seat belt when pregnant, and also the comprehensive infographic which will help you to enjoy a safe pregnancy at the wheel, with additional advice for the first months of the child's life.