The Importance of your Headrest
Your Car’s Headrest Serves an Important Function
When it comes to driving, the most commonly recognized safety features are usually the airbags and seatbelts. Admit it, when you were reading the previous sentence, you were thinking of your airbags and seatbelts too, right? There’s another safety feature, though, that you should also give attention to, that is, your car’s headrest, also known as head restraint.
When your car gets bumped from behind, your head naturally extends backward before being thrown forward (remember Newton’s Laws of Motion). If your head is unsupported, your neck bends too far backward, resulting in what is known as whiplash injury. This is where your headrest comes in.
Designed by car makers to provide optimal support for your neck and your spinal cord, your headrest is there not just as a rest to make your driving comfortable. More importantly, your headrest is there to protect you from having a neck injury that can potentially result in a lifelong discomfort due to lack of mobility and recurring episodes of neck and back pain. You have to make sure, however, that it is positioned correctly, otherwise, its purpose will simply go to waste. Keep reading as your auto repair specialists in Billings explain the importance of the headrest.
What is the correct headrest position?
More than just causing discomfort and aggravating back pain, a headrest that is positioned too low increases your risk of sustaining serious whiplash injury. To protect yourself, the ideal headrest position should be at least as high as the top of your head (about the same level as the top of your ears), with the back of your head around 2 inches away from the front of the headrest or as close to it as possible. In other words, it should be high enough and near enough that it can properly (and comfortably) support your head. This way, if a rear end collision occurs, your headrest will be able to stop or at least limit the backward movement of your head, cushioning it and literally saving your neck from being injured.
Protect Yourself Even Better
Because rear-end collisions are very common, so is whiplash injury. Aside from properly positioning your headrest, here are a few more ways to reduce your risk for whiplash:
- Never ever drive without wearing your seatbelt. Your headrest is useless if there’s nothing to hold you in place when a crash happens.
- Don’t slouch, instead, make an effort to always sit upright. Your head restraint won’t help if you happen to be leaning to one side during a crash.
- Always maintain proper following distance. Remember that a crash can be avoided if there’s enough room for you to keep your distance even when the driver ahead of you makes a sudden stop.
- Be prepared for a crash. If you see or hear a crash coming, remain calm, lean back and look straight ahead. With your head and body aligned, you’re in the best position to minimize injury.
Knowing that a headrest is a comfort feature as well as a safety feature, there’s no better time to check and see if yours is properly positioned to serve its purpose.
Let Big Sky Collision Center Fix Your Dents
If you are rear ended, we hope that you aren’t injured! When everything is settled, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center here in Billings. We have experts in all departments that can restore your vehicle the right way to like-new status. Our instruments are so precise that there’s even a chance that you will leave with a safer vehicle than you brought in.
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