Why You Get Car Sick as a Passenger, but Not as a Driver

19
April
2016
When you must co-pilot on a road trip, you get terrible motion sickness. But when you’re in the driver's seat you feel fine. Why is that?
 
According to those who know, the main trigger for motion sickness is when the parts of your inner ear and brain that control balance and eye movements feels the turns and acceleration of the vehicle, but your eyes are looking at a stationary road, a phone, a book, a map, or the interior.

Some believe that feeling movement but not seeing it tricks your body into thinking it has been poisoned by a neurotoxin.
 
Yep. Really.
 
That horrible nausea you feel is your body trying to save you from poison it is certain you must have eaten.
 
However, when you get behind the wheel you can see the road; you control the movement of the car. Your body is never surprised by sudden movements, because you're the one turning the wheel.

Experienced drivers say their car is an extension of their body—and that their brain sees it that way, too.
 
The next time you're the designated map-reader, try to keep your eyes on the road as often as possible. Pretend that you're driving, and anticipate the direction of the car. This will help convince your body that you are in control, and have not been poisoned. 
 
Another good idea is to stop by Fiesta Motors of Lubbock to test drive as many different used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs as possible to find one in our inventory with a suspension that you find comfortable.

Come in or schedule an appointment to find a great vehicle, take a test drive. If you find one you like, we’ll get financing set up for you and your budget.
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