Without wishing to blurt out a sob story or sound too dramatic, being told that wearing a HANS device in a motor racing accident probably saved your life is enough to want to shout about the benefits of the system.
Cars are so strong these days – the Radical SR1 being a case in point after leaving me without a scratch after such a high-speed crash – but the human body is as delicate as ever.
HANS is a brand name for Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) systems, like 'Hoover' is to vacuum cleaners. It’s a U-shaped device that slots around your neck, sits on your shoulders and tethers to your helmet. The upper belt straps of the car’s harness then go over the device and are tightened as normal, meaning that, in effect, your head and neck are also connected to and protected by the safety harness.
FHR devices are designed to stop the head from rapidly decelerating in an accident, without stopping the neck from moving. It keeps the head in a relative position to the body and allows the harness to absorb the impact.