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Drivers urged to check head restraints and seating position to avoid injury or neck problems

Motor experts have issued a warning to thousands of taxi drivers and motorists about the importance of proper seat, headrest, and steering wheel adjustments to ensure safety on the roads.

The advisory highlights that incorrect settings could not only increase the risk of injury during an accident but could also lead to long-term spinal and neck problems.

According to the Highway Code, head restraints should be positioned to minimise the movement of the head and neck, mitigating severe injuries in the event of a collision. These adjustments are crucial in preventing conditions such as whiplash, which is exacerbated by poorly positioned headrests.

The motoring experts at recommend that the top of the head restraint align directly with the top of a driver's head and be positioned as close to the back of the head as feasible, eliminating any gaps. This setup provides optimal support and protection.

Furthermore, it is essential for drivers to adjust their seating to allow clear visibility and complete control of the vehicle. The seat should be set so that the driver can fully depress the clutch without shifting position, while ensuring the knees do not contact the steering wheel, which should also be adjusted for comfort and unobstructed dashboard visibility.

The car leasing firm go on to advise that all vehicle passengers make similar adjustments to their seats and headrests to maximise safety and comfort, especially during long drives.


Tim Alcock from said: “Many of us are probably guilty of not checking that our seat, wheel and head restraint have been adjusted to be in the correct position each time we get in the car.


“Sitting incorrectly will not only compromise your safety in the event of a collision, but can also cause discomfort when driving for long periods of time, and potentially lead to long-term back and neck problems.


“It’s important to follow the guidance issued in the Highway Code to be sat in the optimal driving position.


“Check that your head restraint is touching the back of your head, and is as high as the top of your head too.


“The seat should be as high as possible to see the road clearly ahead, but drivers should also check they can push the clutch pedal down to the floor without stretching their body.


“Steering wheel positioning should also be adjusted to ensure the airbag will be as effective as possible in the event of a collision - the seat should be as far back from the wheel as possible.


“The seating position should be adjusted for all passengers in the vehicle too, and if anyone else drives your car, remember to re-adjust your seat and wheel position.”


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