Seven tips to prevent motion sickness in the car avoid the risk of a £1,000 fine

After two years of persistent travel restrictions, Scots are free to roam the country again, meaning there will be plenty of road trips this summer.

But for some, motion sickness can be a huge inconvenience of long car journeys, and drivers taking motion sickness tablets are warned to be careful before getting behind the wheel.

To help you, the automotive experts at Rental options have compiled seven tips to prevent motion sickness during car journeys.

CEO Mike Thompson explained: “To keep busy over the summer holidays, many families will be going on trips.

“However, one thing that should be added to any road trip checklist is preparation for car motion sickness.

“Drivers should be careful if they take motion sickness tablets before driving, as some can cause side effects that may affect your ability to drive.

“If you get behind the wheel while suffering from side effects that impair your ability to drive, you could be fined £1,000 for not having proper control of a vehicle or a full view of the road and traffic. traffic ahead.”

Check out the list below…

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1. Watch out for motion sickness pills

Hyoscine hydrobromide is a medicine used to prevent motion sickness.

However, this can cause Side effects which can be dangerous when driving. You should seek medical advice if you think you may be suffering from hyoscine hydrobromide side effects before driving.

If you drive while experiencing side effects that influence your driving, you could face a £1,000 fine for failure to control the vehicle properly or get a full view of the road and traffic ahead.

Or worse, have an accident and seriously injure yourself and others.

Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if it is safe to drive while taking hyoscine hydrobromide.

2. Avoid foods that are slow to digest, fatty or acidic

Heavy foods such as greasy takeaways from fast food and acidic foods make motion sickness worse because they will remain undigested in your body longer than other food groups.

Instead, you should snack on something lighter like bananas, cereal, or bread.

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3. Drink water, chamomile tea and chewing gum

It’s important to stay hydrated when you suffer from motion sickness in the car, as it can help prevent headaches and dizziness.

However, you should avoid liquids like milk or carbonated drinks, as they can make the disease worse.

Chamomile tea is also a good liquid to drink as it helps soothe and relax the stomach as well as reduce the acids stored in your stomach.

Chewing gum may also reduce the mild effects of car motion sickness due to the mint flavor and chewing action.

Peppermint can reduce nausea, indigestion, and gas, all of which can be caused by car motion sickness.

Plus, the act of chewing itself can help, much like chewing on an airplane can keep your ears from popping.

4. If you’re a passenger, taking over as driver can help

As much as 1 in 5 adults suffer from motion sickness, so if you feel sick as a passenger, it may be worth taking over as the driver, as long as you are insured to drive it.

Motion sickness is thought to be caused by the movement your eyes perceive, which is different from the movement your ears perceive.

However, if you’re driving the car, you can see every turn the car takes, so the senses can line up more easily.

5. Travel during children’s sleeping hours



Motion sickness is common in children

If you’re traveling with kids who suffer from car motion sickness, it’s a good idea to plan your travel times around their sleep schedule.

If you know your child is likely to take a midday nap or fall asleep in the early evening, it’s best to leave just before these times so they’re more likely to sleep through the trip.

6. Passengers should listen to music, sit in the front seat and look away

For passengers, listening to music is a great distraction for motion sickness as it can distract your mind from the current situation and help you relax.

Listening through headphones will benefit you the most and will also allow you to block out other background noise, such as people talking.

7. For dogs, limit their food intake and let the air circulate

If your car-sick passenger is a furry four-legged friend and not a person, it’s best to limit your dog’s food intake to two hours before your trip so he’s less likely to get sick.

You should also make sure there is a constant flow of fresh air in your car to relieve nausea.

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