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Coronavirus update Last updated 9th July 16:00

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In line with guidance from the Government and to help look after our colleagues, most of our team are now working from home and are taking calls. However, waiting times are longer than normal and the quality of the call may not be as clear as if we were talking to you from our call centre. We're committed to supporting you in the best way we can and will be here throughout to keep you updated so make sure to check back regularly.

At this time, please help us to prioritise essential calls by using our online services.

  • If you're a car customer you can use MyAccount or the app to make policy changes or payments, including changing your payment date, checking your documents or to report or track a claim (MyAccount only).
  • If you're a home, bike or van customer, you can make policy changes or requests using our online forms.

If you do phone, we may only be able to deal with your query if:

  • Your policy is due to renew and you're concerned it's no longer suitable for you or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or
  • You are worried about making future payments, or
  • You're in a vulnerable situation or an NHS or frontline health care worker who can't easily access our online services, or
  • You need to make a claim and your vehicle is un-driveable or if you need urgent roadside assistance.

For all other queries, including buying a new policy, please first read our Coronavirus FAQs for the latest advice and help to use our online services.

Our opening hours have changed to: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Read our Coronavirus FAQs

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Coronavirus update Last updated 9th July 16:00

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  • We hope you and those close to you are keeping safe. Our teams are now working from home so we're very sorry if you notice the sound quality isn't as good as usual or you experience periods of silence. We're working hard on improving this so please bear with us.
  • Please help us prioritise urgent calls by only phoning us if you want to discuss your renewal or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or you're in financial difficulties and you're worried about payments, or you're an NHS or frontline healthcare worker.
  • For anything else, you can now manage your policy online. For latest advice and help to use our online tools, read our Coronavirus FAQs.

In line with guidance from the Government and to help look after our colleagues, most of our team are now working from home and are taking calls. However, waiting times are longer than normal and the quality of the call may not be as clear as if we were talking to you from our call centre. We're committed to supporting you in the best way we can and will be here throughout to keep you updated so make sure to check back regularly.

At this time, please help us to prioritise essential calls by using our online services.

  • If you're a car customer you can use MyAccount or the app to make policy changes or payments, including changing your payment date, checking your documents or to report or track a claim (MyAccount only).
  • If you're a home, bike or van customer, you can make policy changes or requests using our online forms.

If you do phone, we may only be able to deal with your query if:

  • Your policy is due to renew and you're concerned it's no longer suitable for you or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or
  • You are worried about making future payments, or
  • You're in a vulnerable situation or an NHS or frontline health care worker who can't easily access our online services, or
  • You need to make a claim and your vehicle is un-driveable or if you need urgent roadside assistance.

For all other queries, including buying a new policy, please first read our Coronavirus FAQs for the latest advice and help to use our online services.

Our opening hours have changed to: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Read our Coronavirus FAQs

Tips for driving while pregnant

A pregnant woman at the wheel.

Do you have a baby on the way? So long as you aren't suffering from symptoms that could put your safety at risk while on the road, getting behind the wheel should be fine.

Still, whether you're in the driver's or passenger's seat, there are some extra precautions you should take to keep you and baby safe, particularly as your bump grows bigger. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Wearing a seat belt

As the Gov.UK website explains, pregnant women must wear a seat belt unless their doctor excuses them on medical grounds. If you're exempt, you'll get a certificate from your GP and must carry it in the car with you – you'll be asked to show it if you get pulled over by the police for not wearing a seatbelt.

According to an NCT article, when wearing a three-point seat belt you should place the top over your collarbone and breast, and lower strap underneath your bump along your thighs and hips.

Avoid wearing a lap belt, as they have been found to cause serious injuries to unborn babies in the event the car breaks harshly and suddenly.

Airbag safety

While airbags are deemed safe to use, it's a good idea to move your seat back and tilt it slightly to create some distance between the steering wheel and your bump – making sure you can still comfortably reach and control the wheel.

Of course, as your bump grows, you'll need to create more room by moving the seat back from the wheel. When you've nearly reached full term and find it difficult to reach the wheel and get in and out of the car, it's best to stop driving.

Long journeys

Long trips in the car should be avoided as much as possible when pregnant. Particularly as sitting for long periods of time can make your feet and ankles swell, legs cramp and give you heartburn, writes Baby Centre.

If you absolutely must make a long journey, share the drive with another person if you can, and load up the car with water and healthy snacks to stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up. Aim to stop at least every hour – you may well need to visit the loo, anyway!

If you feel a little achy when you pull over for a break, there are some stretches that'll help. These include extending your legs and slowly flexing your foot to stretch your calf muscles, rotating your ankles whilst sat down and wiggling your toes.

If you're involved in an accident

If you're involved in an accident, even a minor collision, it's always best to get yourself checked over by a doctor. Forceful braking and jolts can lead to complications, such as a partially-separated placenta. If you're in pain, notice bleeding or experience contractions, see a doctor straight away.

Baby Centre explains you should tell the doctor if you have a rhesus negative blood group, as you might need an anti-D injection.

If the accident is more serious, you'll be taken straight to hospital. Make sure you tell the emergency services you're pregnant straight away and by how many weeks.

If your insurance is due for renewal, Hastings Direct provides a range of cover options for an affordable price. All of our policies are Defaqto 5 Star rated, helping to keep you and your unborn baby safe on the road. Get a quote today.

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