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Before driving, you likely check your mirrors and position your seat belt. But did you know that taking the time to properly adjust the headrest in your car can help prevent painful neck injuries?

PROPER HEADREST ADJUSTMENTS

To prevent the pain and expense of soft tissue injuries associated with vehicle collisions, experts recommend that drivers do the following:

– Adjust your headrest so that its highest point is level with the top of your head.

– Ensure that there is 5 to 10 centimeters of space between the headrest and the back of your head.

– Lean the back of your head into the headrest prior to a collision if there is enough time. This will help minimize the movement of your head during impact, reducing the likelihood of whiplash.

– Position the center of the headrest so that it is slightly above the top of the ear. Above all, it’s always important to wear a safety belt. This, combined with practicing good posture, can help drivers avoid additional neck injuries in the event of a crash.

Safety First
According to the Canada Safety Council, following the above headrest adjustment tips can help reduce the number of neck injuries caused by collisions by about 40 per cent. For more safe driving tips and information, contact The Hull Group today.

 

Auto and driver risk management tips provided by: The Hull Group