Surviving a Long Road Trip

 

 

Long road trips can be difficult on the body. Literally, a real pain. We have some tips for you to stay comfortable and pain-free on those long drives this summer. 

 

Stay Alert.  

Driving when you’re sleepy, can be fatal. Don’t overdo it and push yourself to drive too late into the night, when you would usually be sleeping. Have someone else take a turn at driving if you notice yourself fading. If you are driving alone, stay at a hotel. 

 

Take breaks.  

Sitting for extra long stints is hard on the lower back. It can compress the discs between your vertebrae causing pain, numbness, or even tingling in the legs. Your hips and neck can get stiff too.  Getting out of the car even for just a few minutes to walk around can keep you feeling comfortable.  Map out rest areas where you can actually get some fresh air as well.

  

Stretch. 

On those driving breaks try reaching your arms overhead and arching your back a bit.  Hold this for 5 seconds, then lower arms.  Repeat a few times.  

 

Remember Your Legs.

On a recess, stand with your feet staggered and go into a lunge with left knee bent, and right leg straight behind with heel touching the ground.  Place your hands on your hip and squeeze your gluteal muscle for 30 seconds.  Switch legs and do again.  This will help uncramp your legs. 

 

Feet.

Road trips that are longer than 4 hours can increase your risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), this is when a blood clot forms in the lower leg or thigh.  Taking breaks to walk around helps prevent this. Passengers are sitting for long periods too and should do ankle rolls and flex and point their feet every 30 minutes.  

 

You sure don’t want to be in pain when you finally arrive for your vacation, so try these tips next time you have to be in the car for an extended period of time.  You can also check out our blog on Fun Car Games to keep the kids busy on road trips:) For auto repairs please remember us at USA Collision Centers.  Cincinnati family-owned since 1975.