Are you prone to motion sickness during long rides? Here’s how to prevent it

The Honda Safety Driving Center shares these tips
by Aris Ilagan | Aug 22, 2021
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

If youve been traveling either by air, sea, or land for quite some time, we’re pretty sure youve already experienced some form of motion sickness. Reports say one in three people experience motion sickness during long travels.

Mind you, motorcycle riders and their passengers are not immune to this horrible feeling, especially on long rides. Motion sickness happens when your brain does not react accordingly to the information sent by your eyes, ears, and body, resulting in nausea, cold sweat, stomach ache, or even vomiting.

Medical experts say riders who experience this kind of discomfort become more irritable and more vulnerable to road rage. If not properly addressed, these symptoms can affect their reflexes and judgment, leading to accidents.

Anti-motion-sickness pills are available over the counter. But what if there’s no drugstore within the vicinity and you start to feel nauseated during a ride? To make sure you reach your destination safely, here’s some advice from the Honda Safety Driving Center (HSDC):

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1) Don’t push yourself to the limit.

It’s highly recommended that riders take a whistle-stop at least every two hours for rest. A 15-minute break from riding can do wonders for the level of alertness once you get back on the road.

2) Do some stretching.

Try to walk around and stretch your muscles before hopping on the bike again. Doing so reduces stress and body pains, allowing you to tackle more kilometers of riding.

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3) Hydrate and eat.

Don’t forget to drink water and eat on time. Rehydrate yourself regularly, especially when you’re riding for several hours. It’s also advisable to take light meals to avoid upsetting your stomach in the middle of the journey.

4) Check the motorbike’s condition.

Anything can happen in the middle of the trip. A punctured tire or leaking brake fluid can really mess up your journey, so you would want to resolve these problems before hitting the road. Worrying can also translate into motion sickness.

NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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