Using cushions and pillows while driving could prove fatal for older motorists

A recent study by Neuroscience Research Australia revealed car accessories, such as neck and back pillows, can increase the chances of sustaining a seriously injury in a collision.

The investigation performed 130 simulations of what happens to the driver’s body when different back rests are used.

Ageing drivers often use pillows and cushions for extra lumbar support when driving, but these products haven’t been tested for safety.

Seat belts are designed to work best when the horizontal belt sits across the pelvis, with the diagonal strap laying across the sternum.

But when the belts are moved away from these recommended areas, it can cause serious injuries. And due to their naturally weaker body, elderly drivers are at a greater risk of sustaining a deadly chest injury in an accident.

Safety experts have urged drivers to adjust their seat before taking off instead of relying upon a cushion.

“Around a quarter of older drivers use an aftermarket accessory to improve their comfort. But these products often have not been tested for safety.

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