Sick of feeling ill – top tips for beating car sickness

Sick of feeling ill – top tips for beating car sickness

Car sickness is often associated with children, with an assumption that we grown out of it as we get older.

However, new research has found that up to seven million UK adults still feel queasy when on the road.

The RAC study of drivers and passengers found that almost one in five (18 per cent) adults suffer from car sickness or nausea when travelling, with some having to abandon trips because their illness was so bad.

The biggest causes reported by those questioned included reading in the car (61 per cent), using a tablet or phone (50 per cent), travelling on winding roads and a lack of fresh air (32 per cent).

More than a third of drivers (37 per cent) have had to take a break as a result of someone feeling unwell in the car, with two per cent having to abandon journeys or even avoid them altogether.

Using a tablet or phone can make in-car nausea worse. Picture: Shutterstock

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “While car sickness is often associated with younger children, our research suggests it still remains a problem for a substantial number of older drivers and passengers.

“While people suffer from sickness to different degrees, there is a lot passengers in particular can do to reduce the chances of feeling unwell while on the move.”

With that in mind, the RAC has produced some top tips to tackle car sickness:

Ditch the devices: If you’re travelling with children, it can be appealing to give them a tablet or phone to keep them occupied on a long journey – but they are much more likely to feel unwell if you do. Try some games that mean they need to keep looking out of the window, like I-Spy or Pub Cricket

Keep the air flowing: A quarter of current car sickness sufferers say it is a car being too hot and stuffy that makes them feel unwell. Use air conditioning, or keep the windows open, to create a better in-car environment for everyone

Have a light meal before travelling: A lack of food, as well as too much of it, can lead to car sickness so try to ensure you and your passengers set off with something in your stomachs

Drive smoothly, especially on country roads: Drive with a light right foot, braking and accelerating smoothly, to keep things comfortable for your passengers

Try to avoid winding routes: Where it’s possible, consider driving on wider, straighter roads that give all your occupants a good view of the horizon


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