Correct Car Headrest Adjustment

How To Correctly Adjust Your Car Headrest To Minimise Whiplash Injury

whip lash specialist Nicholas Jervis

Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

In over 20 years of helping people to rebuild their lives after accidents, some very serious and some, thankfully less so, I am always keen to do all I can to prevent accidents in the first place, or at least to reduce the injuries sustatined by accident victims. One way you can reduce your chances of injury is to ensure that your car headrest (and those of any passengers in your car) is correctly adjusted. This can significantly reduce the whiplash injury sustained if you are subsequently unfortunate and involved in an accident.

How To Correctly Adjust Your Car Headrest To Prevent Or Minimise Whiplash Injury

It is easier to use images to show you the correct and poor positions of headrest adjustment.

Car Headres Adjustment Incorrect Position

1. Headrest Too High!
This first image shows that the headrest is adjusted too high. The real danger here is that in a rear end shunt accident the head could actually fly backwards and collide with the metal bars. This could cause a serious head injury.

Car Headres Adjustment Incorrect Position

2. Headrest Too Low!
This second images shows a situation when the headrest adjustment could cause far more harm than it can do good. It shows that the headrest is far too low. In the event of a rear end shunt, when headrests are designed to protect the victim as far as possible, the head in this image could actually be whipped backwards and over the top of the headrest. It would then be stretched over the top of the headrest and could cause a very serious neck injury.

3. Correct Car Headrest Adjustment!

Car Headres Adjustment Incorrect Position

This final image shows the correct car headrest adjustment. To be properly adjusted the car headrest should be adjusted so that the top of the headrest is level between the eyes and the middle of the forehead. This will ensure that the headrest has the best chance of reducing injury for you in the event of a car accident.

Correctly Adjust Your Car Headrest To Save Injury

It is always worth checking your car headrest adjustment whenever you get into a new car. As a driver you should ensure that the car headrests for all of your passengers are correctly adjusted. A few minutes at the beginning of a journey is time well spent when it comes to protecting yourself and your passengers from injury.

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Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

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