Adjust your headrest to prevent injury, experts say

Weekly whiplash news review: 7 days ended 9 Jan 2013:

With whiplash being one of the most common types of injury you can suffer in a road traffic accident, experts say to ensure your vehicle headrest is adjusted.

It seems a bit queer that such a little thing – making sure your headrest is adjusted to the proper height – can make a serious difference when it comes to curbing the whiplash injury epidemic gripping the UK. In fact it may even seem a bit odd to characterise it as an epidemic, but official figures say that as many as 50 per cent of accidents that occur on the road result in whiplash or some sort of other related soft tissue neck injury – and that around 250,000 Brits are affected every year – so it seems almost mad to not do something about it, especially if it’s as simple as just adjusting your headrest.

Whiplash commonly occurs when you’re struck from behind, which means there is little you can do to avoid such an incident – it’s not as if you can keep your eyes on the rear-view mirror the entire time you’re behind the wheel, after all. That being said, as a driver you can still do much to reduce the possibility of being diagnosed with whiplash injury simply by appropriately adjusting your headrest.

Research says that in excess of 50 per cent of the headrests in every vehicle in the UK are not fitted correctly to the size and height of a driver. This is one of the leading causes of suffering whiplash after being involved in an accident, experts say.

All you need to do, these experts add, is to simply adjust your headrest until it’s as close to the back of your head as it possibly can be. If it’s more than seven cenimetres from it, you need to get it closer, they say, and ensure that it’s up high enough so that the top of your head won’t go up and over in the event of a sudden jolt from behind.

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