Guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any driver, the phrase “I feel sick!” will be heard more than once as thousands of people are expected to hit the road for the upcoming long weekend.
Motion sickness doesn’t hit you when you travel by plane and boat. New research carried out by Ford shows that stop-start traffic can cause carsickness and the average passenger staring at screens felt ill after just 10 minutes. Kids and teens were the worst affected by motion or carsickness. Eike Schmidt, research engineer at the Ford Research and Innovation Center, in Aachen, Germany says, “Car sickness can turn an eagerly awaited family trip into a nightmare, with mum and dad nervously looking over their shoulders and fearing the worst.”
How do you know you’re getting carsick?
Yawning and perspiring are warning signs for this condition that is caused by mismatches between signals the brain receives from the eyes and from the organs of balance in the ear. This only comes once we have started walking, so babies don’t get motion sickness. However, pets (even goldfish!) are affected. Ford and expert, Prof. Jelte Bos, of TNO, Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Soesterberg, in the Netherlands are working together to try to reduce car sickness.
Ways to ease motion sickness symptoms in the car:
- Move to the middle in the back seat, or preferably sit in the front so that you can see the road ahead.
- Drive smoothly and, where possible, avoid sudden braking, harsh acceleration and potholes.
- Distract passengers that feel sick with conversation, quizzes or even sing-a-longs.
- Drink cola and eat ginger biscuits, but avoid coffee.
- Use a pillow or head support to keep your head as still as possible.
- Operate the air-con to keep fresh air circulating.
Source and image: Ford