Prevent Injury, Adjust your Headrest

Taking an extra few seconds to properly adjust the headrest in your vehicle can help prevent injury!

In the past year, attention has been focused on rising insurance premiums, which are due in large measure to soft-tissue injuries from vehicle collisions. Insurance companies spend approximately $4 billion annually to help accident victims recover from soft tissue injuries. The most common form of soft tissue injury is whiplash. This is a trauma to the cervical neck region of the spine. The trauma occurs when the head is pushed forward and then whipped back by the physical force of two vehicles colliding.

Looking specifically at whiplash, the Insurance Bureau of Canada conducted a national head restraint adjustment study to assess whether drivers and passengers were using their head restraints properly. The results indicated that only 14% of Canadian drivers have their head restraints in a good position. That means 86% of Canadians drive at high risk. The study found that 23% of women drivers had their head restraint in a good position, compared to only 7% of men!

To be in a “good” position, the vertical position of the headrest is between the top of the ear and the top of the head, and the horizontal position is less or equal to the ear width. Rear-end collisions account for 80% of whiplash and other soft tissue injuries in Canada.

Insurance Bureau of Canada says “If every driver and passenger were to perform the simple act of properly adjusting their headrests, the number of whiplash injuries could be reduced by 40%. That could save people from unnecessary pain and suffering, and policyholders could end up saving money on their insurance premiums”. Like seatbelts, head restraints are an important safety feature that can help reduce severe injury. At CAA Insurance, we urge you to take the time to adjust your headrest. You could be preventing serious injury to yourself or a loved one.

Proper headrest position