How to Adjust your head restraint correctly
For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
What you have to do :-
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints may not be adjustable.
A head restraint that’s too low or too far back will not protect your head and neck in a crash.
Most people don’t know how to properly position head restraint or don’t take the time to do it, leaving themselves more vulnerable to serious injury.
Neck injuries are the most commonly reported type of crash-related injury. Whiplash refers to the rapid snapping back of a person’s head during a collision, which hyperextends the neck and damages nerves and ligaments, often resulting in chronic symptoms such as persistent pain and lack of mobility. It can occur at crash speeds as low as 10 mph.
Whatever car you drive, you’ll get the maximum whiplash protection from a head restraint that’s properly positioned. To work well, the top of the restraint should reach at least as high as the top of your ears and be relatively close — 3 inches or less—to the back of your head.
Adjustable restraints are the most common type. They can be raised or lowered to the proper height, and many can be tilted toward or away from the head. But they’re only effective if occupants take the time to adjust them properly. Many people don’t, which increases their risk of serious injury.
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