Motherhood is a journey that can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. A path that begins with nausea and leads to experiencing New mothers have many tasks at hand, and one of the most important is to stay safe on the road when travelling with their little ones.
On National Safe Motherhood Day, we look at the different ways that mothers go the extra mile to protect their babies. From consciously ensuring essential safety features in her car to making the necessary travel arrangements before setting out, here are some ways that mothers can ensure a safe journey with their little ones.
Driving During Pregnancy
A whopping 88% of expecting mothers prefer to drive during their pregnancy. However, it is equally important to consider safety measures when in the car. Make sure you always strap on your seat belt and that it is adjusted to keep you comfortable. Nausea is common during the first trimester, so having water, mints and a vomit bag within your reach is advisable. Align your seat to be comfortably upright and about 10 inches away from the wheel. This will protect your abdomen in case of a sudden brake.
Safety features such as Anti-Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system, which can be found on the Ford EcoSport, can provide better grip on the road to make travelling safer for pregnant women.
Ford designers and engineers make several architectural considerations, including position of the rocker to make stepping in and out of the car easier; design of the seat belts that are easier to strap on & remove among others, to make driving easier and safer for pregnant women.
Travelling with Infants
As a new mother, taking safety to the next level is essential when travelling with your newborn in your car. Make sure you pick a car seat that fits properly in your car for your baby. Read reviews from other mothers, research the brand and test the baby car seat before your journey. Ensure your infant is comfortably seated with belts and clips secured.
It is advisable to face your baby towards the rear for the first few years because the neck and spine are still developing. You can consider installing a back-seat mirror and monitor your baby snoozing as you hit the road.
Staying Safe with Toddlers
A toddler can be a challenging piece of work for a new mother, let alone travelling with them in a car. So, make your journey a fun experience for both of you by adding the right accessories to your car. A proper car seat that will keep your little one secure and comfortable is a must.
If you are driving with your toddler, having a rear seat infotainment in your Ford Endeavour is a great way to keep them entertained and give you a little peace at the same time.
Teaching Teenagers Safety
The teenage years can be an exhilarating time for children, but a nerve-wracking time for parents. Their new sense of independence clouds their judgment and safety concerns become a blind spot. However, as a mother, you can ensure your not-so-little one follows all car safety measures. The best way to do it is by following them yourself. Develop safe driving habits with them, such as wearing your seat belt every time you go out. Make it a habit to wear seat belts even when you are sitting in the rear seat. These little things can help keep both of you safer when you are on the road.
There’s no doubting that safety is a primary concern for mothers when it comes to their babies. And all Ford cars make safety of your loved ones a top-priority. Ford offers up to dual front airbags as standard on all its cars while is the only car maker to offer an option of up to six or seven airbags on all its models for those who want added protection. So go on and don’t be scared of traveling alone with your kids and make choices that are safer for you and your loved ones.