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About HANS

The Head and Neck Support (HANS) device, which has been compulsory since 2003, limits the movement of the head and neck in the car in order to prevent injury in the case of a crash. The device tethers to the driver's helmet and anchors it onto the collar of carbon fibre that prevents the head from moving and the neck from hyperextending - a leading cause of death in racing when it results in a basal skull fracture. Like many safety innovations, although the HANS device was not overwhelming popular when it was first introduced, it has become a staple piece of equipment all across motorsport. It is thought to reduce neck tension in an accident by 72% and it is credited with saving the lives of countless drivers since it has been in use.