A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with other moms, Kaity Velez and Jessica Pallay of Well Rounded NY who teamed up with Ford Motor Company to kick-off “License Renew While Driving for Two,” a comprehensive guide for road-ready moms-to-be at WILD restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We even got to test drive the all new 2017 Ford Escape Titanium.

With July being the most popular birth month, many soon-to-be moms are currently in their third trimester. A recent survey by Ford found that 88% of women say they drove their entire pregnancy, with only 7% stopping at the end of their third trimester.

License Renew While Driving for Two with Ford and Well Rounded NY

Ford’s, Marija Bogachuk, Driver Distraction Subject Matter Expert (SME) discussed all of the things that may or may not occur driving while pregnant. Ford’s Quality control and features are adjusted based on customer surveys voicing features that they like and are concerned about not just in North America, but on a Global Scale. So, they take a lot of customer opinions into play when designing their vehicles to make them accommodating to moms-to-be and all of their customers.


I was a part of the 88% of moms who drove throughout their entire pregnancy and I did use my vehicle for transpiration up to the day before I gave birth. Some may think that doesn’t seem convenient living in Brooklyn, NY., but for me, it was. It allowed me to be in the comfort of my own space, not have to worry about waiting on public transpiration, and then when your bus/train arrives waiting for that kind New Yorker to happily give up their seat (the empathy for a 8.5 month pregnant woman only happened twice by the way).


I worried little about the safety of my unborn child and me because I felt that I was a very safe driver during my pregnancy. Although I was comfortable, I needed to be wary of other drivers who were not wary of the pregnant woman driving next to them and anything that may distract the other driver or me.  This group discussion opened my eyes to so many factors that I didn’t think to be aware of during my pregnancy.


License Renew While Driving for Two with 2017 Ford Escap

My son was born a little over 2 years ago so, Maria had Ford’s Empathy suit for the ladies who wanted to experience being pregnant [again] to try on as we test drove the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium.

License Renew While Driving for Two with 2017 Ford Escape Test Drive Well Rounded NY

I was excited to be one of the first to put Ford’s 2017 Escape on the road, and it was a nice ride. The safety features that I wasn’t consciously aware of, all came back to me once I had on the empathy belly. I even had to adjust the car features to my newly “pregnant baby” bump. The functions of the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium were easy to navigate. I appreciated the  safety features such as Lane-keeping and park assist, and rain sensing front wipers that I think are all great accommodations for soon-to-be moms.

Details such as self-adjusting pedals and seats that save your setting allows you to get in and out of your vehicle with ease are great to help moms who are approaching the end of their third trimester. With mommy brain, Ford’s Forward Anti-collision Warning with Brake Support technology uses a radar module to detect how far from a vehicle you are and your speed and activates a visual and audible warning when the system detects a high risk of collision with the vehicle in front.

Overall, this was a great informative event to help currently pregnant moms, and future moms-to-be to learn about car and driver safety during one of the most precious times during a woman’s life. Next pregnancy, I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind. Test driving the new 2017 Ford Escape was a sweet treat, too!


Did you drive during pregnancy? If so, were you aware of the safety measures to take?

This post was written by Shani P. Mother of 2 year -old Cayden, and the 71ateChef. Visit her website or get social with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

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  • I didn’t drive while I was pregnant but I probably would have if I had a car with all these safety features! And I love this blue!!

  • Eva

    What a neat idea! Ford has done a nice job recognizing the special circumstances and issues around pregnancy. I drove a lot pregnant… drove myself to the hospital to give birth 2 out of 3 times!

  • I’m not a mommy but congrats to you!! And, I would totally drive.

  • Valerie Robinson

    This was great! And yes I did drive while pregnant all the way to the end.

  • Congrats on your pregnancy. i see so many pregnant chicks driving so I guess when i get pregnant one day I could too.

  • These are some great tips! I was too busy being sick when I was pregnant.

    • Aww hope you’ve had someone to ride you around during that time. Being chauffeured is the best.

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    Seems like an awesome event. I never even realized pregnant women would stop driving.

    • Some doctors do advise against it once you’re late into the third trimester.

  • Kirstin

    Awesome program and great tips! I am always nervous when I see pregnant women in the last trimester driving. They’re good drivers I am sure but it still makes me nervous. lol

    • They can go into labor at any time lol who knows what could happen. I don’t blame you for being nervous.

  • Donna Shana

    Great tips. Something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,. The safety of pregnant women- wow. There is always so much to consider. When I have a baby, I’ll have to remember this!

  • I’ve had two kids and I didn’t know a lot of this stuff. I drove the entire time during pregnancy but not for long periods of time. I took the subway system to work so my driving was like errands and such.

    • In the beginning I used to take the train, and then my husband just drove me everywhere.

  • Antoinette Cain

    I love the idea of this. I don’t think that people give much thought about safety issues of driving while pregnant. I drove throughout both of my pregnancies.

  • I drove throughout most of my pregnancy. I never thought an different of safety driving pregnant versus non pregnant until while 8 months pregnant there was a ladder in the middle of the freeway and i hit it going at high speed because the person in front of me moved at the last minute so i didnt see it. I was really shook up and my hubby was on the spot within minutes when I called him and told him what happened. It was weird cause he had this heightened sense about everything when i was preggers… i love that this event happened its a great idea.

    • Beauty and the Bump

      Your driving experience sounds scary. I would’ve also been shaken up. I didn’t drive during my pregnancy because I didn’t have my license.

  • I drove all the time when I was pregnant and never considered these easy tips. That Ford is not too shabby either!

    • It’s a beautiful color. Not a fan of light interred cars but, this was nice!

  • Kia

    Great tips! Very cool that you were one of the first to test drive the Ford Escape. I did drive while I was pregnant.

    • Features were great, it’s mid-sized and pretty good on gas. Ford will customize the car as well.