Women 'more likely to suffer whiplash'
Women drivers could be three times more likely to suffer whiplash following a low-speed accident, research has shown.
Camps Solicitors reports researchers from Umea University in Sweden discovered female motorists are more at risk of injuries in rear end shunt-type accidents due to their seating positions.
Their work found women tend to sit higher and closer towards the steering wheel leaving them open to neck injuries in rear-end collisions.
A spokesman from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
(RoSPA) encouraged all drivers to ensure head restraints and backrests are properly adjusted.
The spokesman said: "This helps prevent whiplash by reducing the distance between the back of the head and the head restraint, stopping the neck from bending back on impact."
Female drivers worried about safety could be interested in the research, which could apply to women who have had to claim on female-friendly car insurance policies.
RoSPA is a registered charity established more than 90 years ago and aims to campaign for change to improve safety levels.
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