Your Las Vegas Accident Doctor’s Ultimate Guide to Prevent Whiplash
We are going to look at how to prevent whiplash in this piece today. In our Las Vegas clinics, we see many accident victims of whiplash, and many of these injuries could have been helped by several car safety aspects.
Having a vehicle that is installed with up to date and working airbags is an essential step towards preventing whiplash and more deaths, especially in the instances of the head to head collisions. Airbags are inflated and fill up the car within a second during a serious motor vehicle collision. Depending on the model, the year you bought your car, airbags are usually located right below the steering wheel column, on the glove compartment of the passenger’s side or sometimes on the doors or the columns between them.
They help to provide more protection during a collision because seatbelts alone cannot prevent the neck and the head from hitting the dashboard, steering wheel or the door when there is side-impact. The airbags that are installed on the front end only work to prevent injuries when the collision comes from that side, not from the rear or side impact collision and all the other airbags does their work in respective places they are deployed.
In order to maximize protection when you are driving follow use following guidelines:
- Always put on your lap and shoulder seat belts since the airbag system is designed to function together with them
- Maintain a safer distance between you and the driver side airbags
- Position the car steering wheel on your chest, not on your head
- Make sure you move the passenger back as far as possible because of the airbag that deployed on the dashboard for the passenger
- Make sure passengers do not put their feet on the dashboard or any other items
In Canada it was estimated that if all drivers and passengers wore their safety belts well, 300 road deaths could have been avoided. Seat belts are very important and are considered the best means to protect ourselves from car accident injuries and deaths. They typical lock an occupant and prevent them from being thrown outside during a car accident.
Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Wear a seat belt whenever possible
- Position yourself straight with the lap belt on the lower pelvic bones
- Never place the shoulder belt under the arm
- All occupants must wear a seat belt regardless of the car is moving or standing
- Pregnant occupants should place the lap belt below the baby or below the pelvic bones
Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS)
These electronic systems help your wheels from being locked up when the brake pedal is stepped on forcefully to maintain control on a wet, rough and slippery surface. This consequently helps to prevent skidding and results in a shorter stoppage time in the end. ABS can assist drivers with more safety steering allowing for maximum braking when there is an emergency.
Tips include the following:
- Don’t pump the brake too hard
- Steer around objects while fully braking
- Do not expect the braking distance to be shorter
- Make sure ABS are inspected after the recommended miles
- Most importantly keep a distance from the vehicle ahead of you
We realize that you have a choice on who provides you with health care services. We sincerely appreciate the confidence and trust that you have shown in choosing our Southern Nevada Chiropractic to offer our services to you. If you have a friend, a family member or yourself you need whiplash services feel free to contact us.
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