How to prevent motion sickness when driving
Motion sickness is caused by a miscommunication between the sensory systems on your body. And, for some unlucky passengers, can be triggered during a car’s movement. If you suffer from motion sickness while driving, check out some of our tips for helping to reduce your symptoms.
Reducing Motion Sickness in a Car
Sit in the Front Seat
Sitting in the front seat of the car can help to reduce motion sickness thanks to a greater visibility of what is in front of you and a view of the horizon. Looking at the horizon can ground your eyes and the added visibility can allow you to anticipate coming movements before they happen which can help to reduce motion sickness.
Keep Your Head Still
Reducing the amount of conflicting sensory information your body is receiving will help to reduce your motion sickness. Keep your head (and your eyes) still by resting them on your headrest or a pillow while in motion and resist turning side to side or backward to talk to other passengers.
Take Slow Deep Breaths
While motion sickness symptoms are very real, sometimes similar symptoms could be caused due to anxiety about having motion sickness, especially in people who have had motion sickness in the past and are worried about it returning. Try taking some long deep breaths and clearing your mind to stay calm.
Having a large amount of food in your stomach can be really uncomfortable on a long car ride and could contribute to motion sickness symptoms. Eat smaller and lighter meals if you know you will be traveling and bring some stomach-soothing snacks like crackers or ginger ale along for the ride.
Consult a Doctor
If motion sickness in cars starts to become a large problem for you, we suggest consulting a professional who can diagnose the problem and begin relieving your symptoms on a personal level.