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How to Prevent Motion Sickness on Long Car Trips

Avoiding Car Sickness When Driving

If you tend to get motion sickness during car trips, big or small, then you likely tend to avoid driving at all costs. This can make it difficult to commute with friends and family and attend different trips and activities. Car sickness is one type of motion sickness that includes symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, fatigue, and headaches among others. If you learn how, there are ways to make rides more manageable and lessen or avert motion sickness. Here at Royal South Mazda, we’ve found some great ways to ease your troubles. Here’s how you to prevent motion sickness on car trips.

Pick Your Seat 

The very first thing you’ll want to do is pick your seat. Find the seat that generates the least amount of motion. In a car this would be the front passenger seat. 

Moderate Meals

Make sure to watch what you eat. An overstuffed stomach will make anyone feel sick, not to mention those prone to motion sickness. Ration yourself with small, frequent meals instead of a single large splurge. Also make sure to drink plenty of water. Avoid overly spicy, greasy, and fatty meals, and foods that have very strong and overpowering smells. Gum, mints, and crackers work well as plain snacks to curb your appetite.

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Prevent additional movement by lying still and resting your head against the back of your seat. Try to nap, but if you remain awake its best to focus on something. Reducing your sensory input to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.  

Focus your attention to sights outside of the car or some music. Do not read or use an electronic device, as the strain and excessive movement on your eyes can induce symptoms of motion sickness. Remember to take deep breaths stop an activity if you ever start to get stressed. 

Driving Habits

Make sure whoever is driving is understanding of your condition. They can do their best to make the trip easier by avoiding high speeds, sharp turns, and bumpy roads. 

Fresh Air

It’s important to keep cool on your trip. Open a vent or window to alleviate the suffocating sense of claustrophobia. Too much heat and humidity will make anyone sick. It’s also important to take breaks to give your whole body some time outside of a stuffy car. 


If all else fails, please contact your doctor. Some over the counter medicine can be a useful preventative measure for short trips and mild cases of motion sickness. Ask your doctor for a recommendation if you feel this would be a helpful option.

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We hope that these tips have been helpful and that your next road trip is a pleasant experience. If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks about cars and the auto industry, then check out our blog! Feel free to give us a call or stop in for a visit if you have any further questions! We’d be happy to help with anything you might need.