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Eight tips to avoid travel sickness

From looking into the horizon and drinking ginger tea, to avoiding sitting in a back seat or staring at your phone, motoring specialists from LeaseCar.uk have revealed eight steps that car passengers can take to ease feelings of travel sickness on lengthy road journeys.

Nibbling a ginger biscuit, keeping your eyes shut and sitting in the front of the car are all tips to avoid travel sickness on long car journeys.

That’s according to the motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk who have looked at the steps passengers can take to prevent feeling sick while on the roads and revealed eight of the most effective.

Travel sickness is caused by repeated movements when travelling. The inner ear sends different signals to the brain from those the eyes are seeing and these confusing messages cause some people to feel unwell.

Ginger has been known to ease nausea for centuries and eating a biscuit or sipping ginger tea could both help ease the symptoms.

Other advice includes keeping the windows open, sitting in the front and keeping eyes shut to avoid looking at anything else.

Things passengers should avoid include eating a heavy meal, reading a book, watching a screen or scrolling through their phone.

A spokesperson for LeaseCar.uk said: “There’s nothing worse than travel sickness on a long car journey – it makes every mile more painful than the last and for some people and can leave you dreading any journey of significant distance.

“There are steps passengers can take to make the drive more bearable. Easy things like sitting in the front of the car where there is least movement is an obvious change to make. Another simple step is to keep the windows open and the car well ventilated.

“Other advice includes fixing your eyes on one point and avoiding reading or looking at a screen. These can both make travel sickness worse.”

Here are LeaseCar.uk’s tips for easing the symptoms of travel sickness:

1. Sit in the front

Minimising movement will help reduce the likelihood of travel sickness. Sitting in the front of the car is the best place for sufferers.

2. Windows open

Deep breaths of fresh air always help if a passenger is feeling sick. Keep windows down and the car well ventilated.

3. Fix your eyes on one point

Rather than looking around or at other cars, fix your eyes on one point on the horizon.

4. Avoid reading, looking at phone, watching movie

Reading, scrolling through your phone or watching a screen will all add to the travel sickness. It’s best to avoid these at all costs.

5. Break up the journey

Regular breaks do help if you suffer from travel sickness. Having a ten minute break to walk around and get some fresh air will set you up for the next part of the journey.

6. Nibble on ginger

Ginger is great at alleviating nausea. Nibble on a biscuit, drink ginger tea or even take in tablet form to ease the travel sickness.

7. Don’t eat a big meal

Avoid eating a heavy meal, any spicy food and keep well away from alcohol. These will only make the travel sickness worse.

8. Keep your eyes closed

Keeping your eyes shut will stop some of the confusing signals from your eye to your brain which case travel sickness.