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There is a factor among the issues of travel sickness that isn’t often considered. It doesn’t matter what medication or device you use, you have to ask “is bad driving to blame?”.
Here we will consider what the driver is doing because this could be a big part of the problem.
We like to think that we are good drivers
Most drivers think, and will tell you that, they are good drivers but the only judges are those who are in the seats around them. If you are a regular passenger in a car and you suffer from travel sickness you really should question the style of driving.
I have ridden with a number of drivers over the years. All drivers, including myself, have been through the learning – test process and have satisfied someone somewhere that we can drive safely and abide by the rules of the Highway code.
We’ve received our licences which, we believe, qualifies us as experienced drivers and that we have nothing more to learn on the subject.
I suppose if a driver only ever drives through the streets of a town where the conditions are similar to those of the learning – test era, then the point that I feel needs making won’t apply.
Low speed no problem
Being able to creep around below 30mph, where traffic jams allow, executing the occasional three-point turn and doing a hill-start, is about the extent of what was required to satisfy the examiner that you could handle a vehicle, as I remember it.
However when we get out of town and face the open road we are presented with the irresistible temptation to ‘push on’. For those who have had proper training for handling the open-road out-of-town-conditions there is nothing to learn here.
But for those who haven’t, I feel, there are habits and dangers that need to be flagged up and considered. It takes a skilled driver, almost to Rally-driver standard, to appreciate the requirements when handling a vehicle at speed out in the country side. Unexpected obstacles have a habit of just appearing, especially at night.
Here we are talking wild-life.
Deer are the biggest worry for those who know. A speeding motorist having to brake suddenly, because of such a large animal jumping out from the dark, can easily lead to loosing control especially if the surface isn’t in a pristine town-like condition.
Badgers, for those who haven’t encountered them up close, can also cause a problem.
Protected as they are its almost impossible to avoid a collision when travelling at speed at night. However these occurrences are relatively rare and you would be considered to be very unlucky to encounter such problems.
The biggest issue that I have, by far, with drivers anywhere is the style of driving.
So what do I mean and what is it that makes me want to be such a driver-strangling back seat driver.
“Drive like a chauffeur”
It all comes down to ‘smoothness’.
Pull away gently
When some drivers move off from a stopped position, it’s as though they are doing a grid start for a race.
Not only does this put a strain on the barely adequate mechanism that passes for the clutch and transmission of the vehicle but it can also have an adverse effect on any passengers on board who regularly suffer from travel sickness.
Don’t leave braking to the last second.
The number of times I find myself, as a passenger, pressing my right foot against the floor when the driver should be doing the same, but isn’t. If we study the road and traffic conditions closely enough it is possible to drive without touching the brakes until we actually have to.
If we look ahead constantly and be aware that just by taking the foot off the accelerator, the rolling resistance will slow us down enough or bring us to a gentle stop. My experiences tell me ‘yes’ people actually need to be told this.
Cornering at speed is an art
The biggest problem I have with drivers, by far, is the issue with cornering. It’s all about the timing of braking or simply just decelerating, in which case you may not need to brake at all. We can see when we are approaching a corner and if it is a sharp one, there are signs to warn us. So there is plenty of time to set the vehicle up to take the corner in a sedate manner rather than leaning the whole thing over and placing everyone on board into a centrifuge.
So how is it done?
This was explained to me once, a long time ago, and I’ve never forgotten it.
It’s very simple. Decelerate into the corner, accelerate out of it.
Depending on the situation an experienced driver, who knows how to ‘set up’ a vehicle for cornering, will do this and may not even need to touch the brakes.
It may be that your best treatment for travel sickness is to have the argument with the driver about his or her style of driving.
If you know anyone who suffers from travel sickness, please share.
By Tom Gamlin – from ideas come designs.