According to an Insurance Bureau of Canada study, only 14 per cent of drivers on the road have their headrest in the proper position. And whiplash being the most common soft tissue injury incurred during auto collisions underlines the importance for all passengers to ensure their headrest is adjusted properly.
Aviva's Convertini recommends that Canadian drivers follow three simple steps in order to prevent injuries associated with improper headrest position:
1. The top of the headrest should be in a straight line with the top of your head.
2. Position the centre of your headrest so that it is slightly above the top of the ear.
3. Ensure that the distance between the headrest and the back of the head is between five and ten centimetres.
An important message for local families with multiple drivers, the next time you get in your vehicle remember to use your brain and adjust your headrest. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.