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Headrests are a vital safety feature

While buckling seatbelts is second nature when getting into a car – how many of us think to adjust the headrest?

While buckling seatbelts is second nature when getting into a car – how many of us think to adjust the headrest? Reports show that headrests are one of the most overlooked safety features in motor vehicles today and many don't realize the important role they play in preventing neck, brain and spinal cord related injuries.


According to an Insurance Bureau of Canada study, only 14 per cent of drivers on the road have their headrest in the proper position.




How to



Aviva Canada recommends drivers follow three simple steps to adjust headrest position:



  • The top of the headrest should be in a straight line with the top of your head.

  • Position the centre of your headrest so that it is slightly above the top of the ear.

  • Ensure that the distance between the headrest and the back of the head is between five and ten centimetres.

 
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