Whiplash Prevention

Since at least 80% of whiplash incidents occur in a automotive accident, it’s imperative you take steps to avoid being an unfortunate victim.

Locking Head Restraints

Believe it or not, just because you have a head restraint does not ensure it will protect you from whiplash. During the event of a automotive accident, your head restraint could move, tip, tilt, or otherwise become ineffective.

Adjusting Head Restraint

Typically, when you get into a car, how often do you adjust the head restraint? Most people overlook this step which can result in you getting whiplash during a car accident. Each time you get into a car, especially if more than one person sits in that seat, you should adjust the head restraint. In case you’re not familiar with the procedure, you should position the head restraint to be as close to the back/bottom of your head when in the upright position.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents claims doing this will help reduce risk of whiplash. By placing the head restraint as close to your head, your head will have a shorter area available to bend backwards and the time it takes for your head to hit the restraint during an accident is greatly reduced.

It’s best to check the head restraints to ensure they can be positioned in the appropriate place before making a purchase. Newer cars generally have these features in the standard package, however, if you’re purchasing a used vehicle, please check the head restraint.