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Road trip got messy

Discussion in 'Model S' started by TheDJ, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. TheDJ

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    Headed out for a Saturday road trip in the MS. After reading some posts I decided to put my 2 daughters in car seats in the second row as opposed to the rear facing seats. We were headed to Julian from San Diego. There are a lot of winding roads and we made it within 10 mins of our destination and my 3 yr old vomited all over the back seat.

    My reaction as a Dad overpowered the MS owner in me. Haha. Once we returned home, I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the car.

    Anybody else have some car sickness issues with the kids?
     
  2. ecarfan

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    Yes, but...what is it that you want to discuss exactly? The fact that some people, children and adults, get car sick on windy roads and sometimes vomit in the car? This is a known issue with humans. Not specific to Teslas.
     
  3. TheDJ

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    My question was more specifically with Tesla. I guess you have already answered that. So thanks. I was unaware of this issue with humans though so thanks for clarifying that as well.
     
  4. bp1000

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    My little girl gets sick too. She hasn't been sick for a while but I figured out that dropping the speed slightly to ensure I can maintain a smooth speed through the corners suits her better. Constant regen and speeding back up after enduring cornering throws her stomach right off.

    In fact I was in the back of a MS and the regen and instant torque in city driving made me feel a bit off.

    Just try try to keep the speed the same and if the corner is too sharp go easy on the regen and acceleration.
     
  5. techmaven

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    We had just gotten a brand new Mercedes GL450 and headed to Florida on its maiden road trip. Less than 2 weeks of ownership. My youngest throws up in the 3rd row, about 45 minutes into the 15 hour trip. Not fun.
     
  6. TheDJ

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    I think I need to do a better job next time of being aware of the regen while navigating those types of roads.
     
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    the problem is not the kids or the car.
     
  8. bp1000

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    Take a bag with you with a towel and a bowel with a plastic bag in it. Few spares and that will sort any mishaps. Usually my kids say when they feel unwell.

    Luckily its not usually the horrific projectile vomiting that cones with the bugs. Happened to a friend when his kid got sick. The car smelt for a year or so!
     
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    While this is a common problem for some humans, regardless of vehicle, there are certain things that make it better or worse, mostly smooth driving helps, and jerky driving makes it worse. For a relatively new owner still getting the hang of the regen, it could be difficult to get an MS to feel as smooth as people are used to, enjoying the instant torque of the EV won't help either.

    Some general additional hints that help for people that are susceptible to motion sickness, look out at the horizon, ideally in the direction of travel, do not focus on items in the interior of the vehicle. (the kids may be bored, but if they get queasy take away toys, especially books or anything involving reading. try games that encourage looking out of the vehicle, "I spy" type games, or travel bingo work well)
    maintain cooler air temperature to the face, try to sleep.
     
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    Was there any reading or electronic device involved? When we hit the road between the coast and I-5, all reading and electronic devices are shut off. We listen to podcasts instead. We also have several rolls of doggy poop baggies in the car that can be use in an emergency.
     
  11. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Barf bags is a great reccomendation. She was watching a video as well. Good thinking on stopping that through those roads. Thanks!!
     
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    I had the same thing happen to me but with my younger sister, she told me she was about to vomit and could not hold on so I quickly pulled over onto an unpaved shoulder and she was able to get out of the car.
     
  14. bonnie

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    My favorite time was when one of my younger sisters was visiting with her family. I pulled over with her panicked "I'm going to be sick!". And I wish I had a photo of her four kids, faces pressed against the car windows, saying, "Cooooool! Mom's throwing up!!!".

    Best. Ever.
     
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    Could have been this. Reading or watching a video while riding as a passenger can induce motion sickness.
     
  16. moemoke

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    Ginger is good for reducing nausea or you can get some travel sickness lollypops for kids to suck on, they seem to work.
    Are the kids able to see out of the windows when in their seats, it can be a problem if they cannot see the surroundings as they travelling along.

    I remember years ago my uncle had a Ford that I'd feel sick in just travelling a short distance but I was fine in his other cars, just something about that car!
     
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    Three-year old likely did not recognize what was about to happen, so wouldn't have known to say anything.
     
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    What do you guys use to clean the seats? I've got textile - any tips?
     
  19. brkaus

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    My girl gets sick in the back seat of the bmw 330ci if too up. Also felt sick in the model p85 in a test drive. Probably a combo of reduced back seat visibility and the driving style.

    She never feels sick in Dodge Ram 2500. But her cousin got sick all over the back of that... So who really knows...
     
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    It sure is a lot easier to have barf bags conveniently located in the seat back pockets for 2nd row passengers when you have seat back pockets.
     

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