Thursday 22 March 2018

Avoiding the misery of whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most prevalent, painful and persistent injuries. The Institute of Advanced Motoring has a simple guide on how to reduce the risk:

• Keep a good distance in front of the car behind you so you can slow down gently.

• Except in an emergency, always look in the mirror before braking.

• Knowing what the car behind is doing is the best way to avoid getting hit from behind.

• Make sure you have a properly adjusted head restraint. The top of the head restraint should be level with the top of your head for maximum safety.

• Anticipate the traffic ahead and drive to avoid stopping as often -- slowing down earlier gives the driver behind more time to react.

• Try and signal early for junctions to give time for the traffic behind you to react.

• Keep your foot lightly on the footbrake as traffic approaches from behind to show brake lights as a warning, until you are sure it is stopping.

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