Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week he recommends drivers check their headrests.
Being hit from behind is a common crash that can result in neck or spinal injuries. The head restraint, or headrest, plays a key role in protecting you from injuries, particularly whiplash.
Before each journey, check that the top of your head restraint and encourage your passengers to do the same. The ideal adjustment is as high as the top of the head, and as close to the back of the head as possible.
Head restraints can impair vision to the rear, so take account of the restricted view when reversing, and make sure you can see properly, using the rear window, and also your mirrors. If in doubt, get someone to guide you from outside the car.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Not all head restraints are adjustable, but where they are, take care to ensure that they are placed high and close enough to stop your neck going backwards in the event of a collision. The head restraint should be level with the top of the head for maximum safety.”