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4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Headrests

Car Headrests

Most people take the headrests in their vehicles for granted unless there is an issue with them. They are actually far more important than most realize, and are actually a part of the vehicle’s safety system.

What Do the Headrests Do?

Headrests provide the driver and passengers with some added comfort when they are riding or sitting in traffic. However, they also provide an added element of safety in the event of a rear end collision. In fact, it is considered a part of the vehicle’s safety system. They are designed to make sure that your body and head move forward at the same speed in the event of an impact from the rear.

Changing the Headrests

If you want to change out the headrests in your vehicle because the current ones are old or in poor shape, or because they are uncomfortable, you need to make sure the replacements will work with your model of vehicle, and that they are safe enough to install and still provide you with added protection during a rear end collision. You may also want to think about the aesthetics when you are choosing a new headrest – make sure it looks good in the vehicle.

How Should You Position the Headrest?

The headrest should be in a position that is as close to your head as possible while it is still comfortable. Because people are different sizes, and because there are so many different types of headrests, it can be difficult to get it into a perfect position. Drivers should take the time to experiment with the positioning of their headrest for maximum comfort and maximum protection.

How Do the Headrests Adjust?

When you are trying to position the headrest, you will likely be moving the headrest up and down, as this is how most of them work. However, there are others available that have several other adjustment options, which can make finding one that’s actually comfortable even easier.

All of the safety elements in your vehicle, including the headrests, are important. It is essential that you take the time and effort to make sure your vehicle is in good shape and that it is as safe as possible. Ideally, you will want to have a trusted mechanic who can check over your vehicle regularly.

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