If you're planning a long drive over the Easter holidays but either you, or someone in your family suffers from car sickness, it can really spoil the fun of travelling.
If you're travelling with grandchildren, look out for signs such as yawning or sweating, which indicate possible sickness caused by mismatches between signals the brain receives from the eyes and from the organs of balance, in the ear. Babies don’t get car sick, it only happens when we start walking. Pets are affected though, and incredibly, even goldfish suffer from motion sickness!
Research from Ford found that staring at screens is likely to increase nausea, but mounting or holding them higher up can help.
“Car sickness is a complex problem. It is a natural reaction to an unnatural stimulus that cannot be cured as such. But we can look to alleviate the symptoms,” said Prof. Dr. Jelte Bos, of TNO, Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Soesterberg, in the Netherlands,
Top tips for avoiding car sickness:
- Move to the middle in the back seats, or preferably the front, to see the road ahead
- Drive smoothly and where possible avoid sudden braking, harsh acceleration, potholes
- Distract sufferers – even a family sing along could help
- Drink cola, eat ginger biscuits, but avoid coffee
- Use a pillow or head support to keep your head as still as possible
- Operate air-con to keep fresh air circulating
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