Here’s the best tips to steer clear of road trip travel sickness this summer – and avoid a £1,000 fine | The Sun

A CAR expert has revealed the best tips to avoid summer road trip travel sickness- and a £1,000 fine.

Holiday season in the UK means many motorists will be making summer road trips across the country, with some taking on much longer journeys than normal.

But car travel sickness can be a massive downside to life on the road.

To help ease the way, car leasing experts at Leasing Options have given their expert advice on how to make journeys that bit easier.

Take care with sickness tablets 

Hyoscine hydrobromide is a medication taken to prevent travel sickness.

However, it can cause side effects which could be dangerous when driving.


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You should seek expert medical advice if you think you suffer from any side effects from hyoscine hydrobromide before getting behind the wheel.

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

Avoid foods that are slow to digest, greasy or acidic 

Heavy foods such as greasy fast food takeaways and acidic foods will make car travel sickness worse as they will stay undigested in your body longer than any other food group. 

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

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Drink water, chamomile tea, and chew gum 

It’s important to stay hydrated when suffering from car travel sickness as this can help to prevent headaches and dizziness.

However, you should avoid liquids like milk or soft drinks as these can make sickness worse. 

Chewing gum also can reduce the mild effects of car travel sickness due to the mint taste.

Additionally, the motion of chewing can ease symptoms of sickness, similar to how chewing on an aeroplane stops ears from popping. 

If you’re a passenger, taking over as driver can ease symptoms 

As many as 1 in 5 adults suffer from car sickness, so if you are feeling car travel sick as a passenger, it may help to take over as driver, as long as you’re insured to drive it.

However, driving the car yourself means your brain is using its motor commands to control the car and predict the motion, distracting it enough to not process the feeling of sickness.

Travel during children’s sleep times

If you are road-tripping with children who suffer from travel sickness, it is a good idea to plan your travel times around their sleeping schedule. 

If you know your child is likely to take a nap midday or go to sleep by early evening, it is best to get on the road just before these times so they’re more likely to sleep through the journey.

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