Well from what I have heard it's an insurance thing (not insured for 6 weeks) however I think that differs from company to company. For what it's worth I had a section 3 weeks and 2 days ago and I have driven. I feel fine to drive and I'm healing well,so if the possibility of an accident happened I intend to play dumb. I never even called my insurance consent to ask because then there is proof that "I knew". I don't intend on long journeys obviously, but I'm doing short ones xx
It's not an insurance thing-check with your insurance company but there's nothing that specifically prohibits driving before 6 weeks. I drove at 3 weeks (20 minutes or so) and felt fine-much easier than walking. I think an emergency stop would probably have hurt but could have definitely performed one if i had to.
Physio told me it's about your ability to perform an emergency stop and you need to inform insurance company unless you can get an obstetrician to clear you to drive?? No idea how you can go about that. I didn't want to risk it so left it 6 weeks. Don't forget your recovery could be slower this time. Sounds really annoying but you may not be well enough to go anyway. Hope not!
halleberry - I think you are slightly naive. Worst case scenario you could be in an at fault accident, write off a £50,000 car and put someone in a wheelchair for life - do you have enough savings to cover the compensation for that???? Obviously unlikely but isn't that why we have insurance?
I do think personally that the whole C Section insurance thing is massively overplayed by insurance companies as there are so many individual cases of surgery (not C Sections but probably less common and not known about) where people drive well before six weeks and are probably less well recovered than with a C Section. However, they do seem to have the 6 week limit unless you've been signed off by a dr (GP was fine rather than obstetrician with my insurance all 3 times) - luckily enough my GP signed me off after 3 weeks with my first, second and third time they wanted me to wait for 4 weeks.
It's totally inconvenient. I know because I lived a driving distance away from school (in fact 2 different schools) when I had my third and didn't have family / close friends near enough to help. DH had real trouble getting time off work. However it is what it is... Don't risk driving without insurance, it's potentially cheaper to just take a taxi - not ideal for a 40 minute journey but not the end of the world.
Well Naive or not ... It was a risk I was willing to take to be able to use my car. I depend on it. I have another Young child, and all family and friends work through the day. As soon as I felt well Enough I drove
I called my insurers who were happy to allow the midwife to sign me off and I drove after 2 weeks. Rolled up a big scarf and tucked it under the seat belt over my tummy though just to cushion it a bit.
My insurance company had no specific time limits, but advised I was insured to drive once GP had agreed it (mainly based on ability to perform an emergency stop)...straightforward recovery and driving from 3 weeks
I spoke to my insurers and they said you are fine to drive as soon as your gp says you are ok and didn't even require me to get back to them with what the doctor said! I only spoke to my gp on the phone who said the way to tell if you're ok is if you can jump down one step without being in pain.I drove short distances 2 weeks post section and about 35 minutes each way to my Mum's the following week.