It’s Summer finally, although some might question that fact just now, and with it comes the long school holiday. This is a time of year when parents begin to wonder what they were thinking of a number of years ago. The answer of course is to buy a great used car and make the most of the warmer days with some family road trips.
Of course, even then it’s not all plain sailing. There are wasp strikes to consider and sunburn and of course the blight that ails both children and adults on car journeys; sickness.
Symptoms range from the mild, like drowsiness and general inactivity, to severe which could induce profuse vomiting. Usually the initial symptom is a feeling of abdominal discomfort followed by an increasing sensation of nausea. The sufferer’s face will become pale and sweaty and symptoms rapidly worsen to include salivation, light-headedness and even depression; that is until the sufferer is physically sick. Nobody really knows why, but blaming static electricity, as previously thought, is pointless, so don’t be thinking those old fashioned earthing straps that used to dangle down from the back end of car still have any merit.
Traditionally therefore, it is a given that we just acknowledge car sickness as being unavoidable. It is a fact of family life that some children and adults can and will be sick when travelling by car. It’s not such a big deal. After all, upholstery can be cleaned and leather can be restored but one thing that takes time to sort out is the lingering smell. That’s hard to shift no matter how many pine-scented trees are hung on the rear view mirror. The solution is to not be sick at all.
Motion sickness experts have established for example that passengers who looked down at screens for the duration of a short journey fell ill after an average of just 10 minutes, but as this is a somewhat recent technology advance, they can’t be wholly responsible. The problem is more complex than that.
Although the average experienced driver will robustly defend themselves, it seems we as parents could be responsible for making our children sick. In short: our driving might be at fault. By adopting a smoother driving style the parent at the wheel will go a long way towards reducing feelings of nausea. Is it then all about trickery?
Trick The Sick
There is no cure for car sickness. Although their efficaciousness might be disputed, sickness bracelets and tablets might help by auto-suggestion. Otherwise, try to ensure that the child or adult prone to this unpleasantness sits in the middle rear or in the front, thus enabling them to see the road ahead. This is an important factor as they can see approaching corners and the like.
Drive smoothly and avoid sudden braking and sudden manoeuvres. Use distraction techniques and try to keep the sufferers head still with a pillow or similar prop and make sure they are comfortable. Keep the climate control on cool and ban the viewing of screens. They’ll hate you for it, but better that than the dreaded roadside halt.
Above all, make sure the vehicle being used is in tip-top condition and running well, much like the cars we sell here at eCars247
. We provide all the information about each individual vehicle in an easy to view format to make the buying process as straightforward and enjoyable as possible.