Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you may be getting excited preparing for the big feast. The most popular mode of transportation for this holiday is by car, which is why all drivers and passengers on the road should take precautionary steps to stay safe.
According to the American Red Cross, there are guidelines you can follow.
Is your car working properly?
No one wants to deal with car trouble. So, before Thanksgiving Day, make sure that your automobile is in good working order, full of gas and has the right amount of air pressure in the tires. While you don't necessarily have to clean the whole car, it may be helpful to wipe down the headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows.
Don't distract the driver
Although this goes without saying, it's essential that the driver remains focused on the road at all times, especially if you have a car full of children or you're pregnant. The last thing you need is to get into an accident.
During pregnancy, any automobile accident - whether it's a small fender-bender or one in which the car gets totaled - deserves the attention of a doctor as soon as possible. If a driver slams on the breaks and you get jolted, there is the potential that the placenta can separate from the uterus. This condition is called placental abruption and could result in hemorrhaging, a miscarriage or even premature delivery depending on how far along you are. The scary thing is that some women don't experience any symptoms, which is why it's important to get checked by a healthcare provider. One sign that you should look out for is vaginal bleeding.
Although a car accident may not be your fault, you can't control the other drivers on the road, which is why whoever is driving should be well rested, alert and 100-percent sober. In addition, all passengers should be buckled up, which is the law in many states. If the driver does get a little tired, it's perfectly alright to pull over to a rest stop or gas station. This way, you can take some time to stretch, get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat or use the restroom.
Another option is to switch drivers if there is a passenger who's qualified and up to the task!
Always be prepared
The American Red Cross also recommends that families traveling long distances keep an emergency preparedness kit in the car. This should include water, snacks, a first aid kit, a flashlight, blankets and extra cash.
If you're expecting, you should speak to your healthcare provider before the holidays and let him or her know where you're planning to go. Depending on how far along you are, you may want to carry a copy of your prenatal records just in case you go into labor while away - it's better to be safe than sorry!
Do you have any experience traveling while pregnant? What are some safety tips you can recommend to our readers? Leave your answers in the comments section!