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Headrest advice

If used properly, head restraints can be an important safety feature yet they’re frequently ignored. A recent survey by Advanced Driving UK, showed just six per cent of drivers checked their head restraint before beginning their journey, or knew the correct position.

You should take a moment before each journey to check that the top of the head restraint is level with the top of your head. Too high is as bad as too low. Encourage your passengers to do likewise. A correctly positioned head restraint may save you, and them, an injury particularly whiplash. It’s there for your safety, not to help you nod off at the wheel.

You also need to remember that head restraints can impair vision to the rear, so make sure when manoeuvring and reversing that they are not obstructing you.