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Take Precautions And Protect Yourself From Whiplash

Before you set off on a drive there are always certain precautions you need to take. Checking that the road conditions are safe and that the car is suitable to drive are standard procedures that any driver should undertake, however it is important that these checks are rigorous.

For example, upon starting your car you will immediately observe whether the windscreen is clean, that the car is in gear and that you and your passengers are wearing seat belts. There are other, more thorough checks that need to be carried out though in order to protect yourself and your passengers from injuries and legal damage such as compensation for whiplash.

Extensive Safety Checks

Carrying out extensive safety checks does not have to take long and it can protect you from injury. A recent survey of 1,000 drivers revealed some startling results when it comes to driving preparation.

Nearly four in ten people set off on a long journey without making sure their tyres are in good condition and have the right pressure. A similar amount of drivers do not test their indicators, which can easily confuse other drivers and endanger a large amount of surrounding road users. One in four do not check their oil and water, and the same proportion do not test their washers and wipers. Good visibility is crucial when driving, as without it you are putting both road users and pedestrians at risk, as well as yourself and your passengers.

When it comes to the safety of yourself and those driving with you in your car, it is important to check that the seating is appropriate. Small children need to be seated in an appropriate chair such as a booster seat, and every passenger should make sure that their head restraints are correctly positioned. Failing to check the head restraints could lead to whiplash, one of the most frequently claimed road user injuries. A disturbing 37% of people did not know the correct head restraint position, leaving them exposed to risk. The correct position for a head restraint is to have it right up against the back of the head, with the top of the restraint level to the top of the head as this will prevent it from moving backwards.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a term used to describe damage to the soft tissue of the neck, shoulders and back. Despite an overall drop in road traffic accidents, the number of whiplash reports has continued to rise making it one of the most frequently filed personal injury claim reports. An injury claim for whiplash typically requires proof that a different party is responsible for your physical damage. In extreme cases witness statements may have to be taken, along with photographic evidence of the injuries incurred and the contact details of your hospital or ‘GPs’ surgery.

Taking the time to check over your seats can lessen the pain caused by whiplash and the amount of treatment you will require.