Save Your Neck from Whiplash
|Whiplash. Ouch! Even the sound of that word makes many people feel ill.
A recent study by the Insurance Bureau of Canada used videotape to observe a total
of 7571 drivers and 1090 passengers as they approached intersections or were in stop-and-go traffic. Some of their findings included• About 75% of headrests in vehicles are adjustable
• Over half (53%) of the drivers observed, had their headrest in such a poor position
• Their headrests would not protect them at all from an injury in a rear-end collision
• Drivers can reduce soft-tissue, whiplash-related injuries (not involving bones or organs) by as much as 40% if the headrest is adjusted properly
Click here for the full results of the study >>How Can I Adjust my Headrest?
Having your headrest adjusted properly is as easy as 1, 2, 3!1. The centre of the headrest should be slightly above the top of the ear;
2. The top of the headrest should be at least as high as the top of the head;
3. Ideally the distance between the headrest and the back of the head should be between 5 and 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches).
Properly adjusted headrests can dramatically reduce the number and severity of soft tissue injuries if you are involved in a rear-end collision. For safety’s sake, adjust your headrest to save your neck.
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