Do you read when you're on a car or bus?

Hong Kong
February 8, 2009 6:40am CST
Many people get car sick and feel nauseous when reading on a car, due to motion sickness. I feel lucky that I don't have this problem, and I enjoy reading on a bus! There are several advantages: First, this prevents me from falling asleep and misses the bus stop. Second, I won't be disturbed when read. Thirdly, this saves my time. How about you? Do you read when you're on a car or bus?
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• United States
11 Feb 09
I got car sick when I was younger and I tried to read. As I have grown up, I can tolerate it much better. I can still only read for about an hour before I have to stop because I start to feel a little sick. I mostly just read when I am on a bus. I spend a lot of time on buses in the spring because of road trips for athletics. It is a good way to pass time, and it is also a smart use of time.
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• Hong Kong
14 Feb 09
hi belhaven14. You can look out the window when you feel sick. This will make you feel better.
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@aquiah (79)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
Sometimes I do, but more often i do not. This is becuase I feel nauseous and my head aches when I read while in a bus. but I read when I am in the airplane because it is more stable and there is less turbulence compared when riding a bus. But if I really want to finish the book am reading, then I really try to read while travelling.
• Hong Kong
11 Feb 09
I got it aquiah. Thank you for responding!
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
9 Feb 09
If I'm traveling long distance then yes I love to read to make the trip seem not so boring...on short trips though i dont both reading and don't feel the need to
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
Got it. Thank you for responding.
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@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
9 Feb 09
I cannot read when riding a car or bus because it makes me feel sick. But I always take a book with me on travel. When we come to a stop, or stay at hotel, after all settled, I would have a little reading before sleep.
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
Reading before sleeping could be a good habit as people said that this make it easier to memorize the things you read. Thank you for responding.
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@michmich2 (432)
• United States
9 Feb 09
Yes, I read when in the car or on a bus. In fact, I read pretty much any time I get a chance to. I love reading! When I was younger I went through a phase where reading in the car would make me sick. Thankfully, for some mysterious reason, that only lasted about one year and then I was able to read in the car again. I haven't experienced motion sickness since then, and that was about 6 years ago. Anyway, when I was in school, I found that reading in cars/buses definitely saved me time. Now I just do it because I enjoy it.
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
What an interesting experience! Thank you for sharing with us.
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@dodo19 (27759)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Feb 09
Yes, I do. It helps pass the time the bus or car ride. It gives me something to do if I'm in the car and everything falls silent. However, I enjoy reading anytime, whether I'm sitting on the bus or in a car, or not.
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
I have similar feeling, especially when I am highly concentrated on reading. Thank you for responding.
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@Pistas (95)
• Portugal
8 Feb 09
no,i am more of a watch the road go by and think about things kind of guy.When i am on a road I'm always meditating,it a refuge for me.I do read on airplanes though,but on the road i get sick,always end up nauseated and with headaches
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• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Thank you for responding. I know what you mean. Unfortunately, I cannot think about things in buses. In Hong Kong, buses are too noisy (I mean inside the buses). People talk loudly, the TVs are switched on with highest volume set. This makes me unable to concentrate on thinking. But interestingly, I won't be affected when reading. :-)
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
8 Feb 09
If I can find a seat on the bus, then I will read. Usually read for 30 minutes or so. The best is still reading on the train. The train's ride is smoother, wont feel nauseous. Find that paperback is easier to read than non-fiction.
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• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Thank you for responding. Why paperback is easier to read than non-fiction? :)
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
8 Feb 09
Probably I read with less attention to paperback than non-fiction. Reading suspense or mystery novels don't require much thinking, no need to remember any fact or think about application. Reading non-fiction is a bit different, eg reading travel guide, got to remember which place is good for what activity. If read finance or investment related books, always forced myself to remember the concept, even re-read a few times to commit to memory.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
9 Feb 09
I often read when I am on a car or a bus. My fiance and I live in a village, and there are many things that we can't do here, so we often have to go to the big town. We spend quite a lot of time in the car, and I usually bring a book. I love reading, and I prefer to spend the time doing something useful. My fiance always drives the car, so I am free to do something else like reading a book. When I go by bus I also bring a book so that I can spend the time on reading.
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• Hong Kong
14 Feb 09
I was wondering why don't you gossip with your fiance, but read yourself. But I think it's better not to talk to him because he's driving ;-)
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
i try not to but since i dont have any options rather than to stare the window, i will pretend im reading hehhe!
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• Hong Kong
11 Feb 09
Thank you for responding. Isn't the scenery nice? :)
• United States
8 Feb 09
Yes... all the time. I've never been nauseous on a bus. While maybe once... but that just might have been something I ate. I really enjoy reading on the bus though.
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
So do I! Thank you for responding.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
8 Feb 09
I don't read when I am on bus or car. I will feel nauseous.
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• Hong Kong
9 Feb 09
Got it sdas86. Thank you for responding. :-)
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
8 Feb 09
Wish I could - I'm one of those who can't read when travelling in a car, bus or ship, as I would get headaches. It's fine though when I'm in a plane or train.
• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Thank you for responding. I know what you mean, but don't you feel nauseous when reading on train? Because of less vibration?
• China
8 Feb 09
It really save time reading on a moving car or bus. But i prefer to watch scene aroud me because the habit of reading on a bus is bed for our eyesight.
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• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Exactly. This is really a problem that I am facing.
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
8 Feb 09
I wish I could do this so that when traveling I won't waste time. But I can't. I get dizzy if I read on a moving car or bus or train. Only reading in the airplane is okay for me. I not only cannot read in a moving car or bus I can't even do a text message on my cell phone.
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• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Thank you for replying. You may try typing a few words, then looking out the window and type again, when necessary. ;-)
• Philippines
8 Feb 09
Yes, I also do... Reading book in a car or bus is easier for me now because of my phone.. I usually download pdf file of the book I wish to read then I convert it to .pdb format which an application (mobi reader) in my phone can read.. So reading is much easier!!
• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
I prefer reading a real book because the screen of phone is a bit small for me :-(
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
8 Feb 09
no i get that nauseous feeling myself, i'd rather be watching the scenery around me.
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• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
Thank you for your reply. Not bad for watching the scenery around. :-)
@alharra (508)
• United States
9 Feb 09
I read everywhere... I use the bus for my main transportation so I read everytime I get on the bus.
• Hong Kong
11 Feb 09
I also read on bus often. Thank you for responding.
• China
8 Feb 09
reading on a car does really save our time.But i still prefer to watch scene around me because the habite of reading on a moving car does harm to people's eyesight.
• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
When I was buying a new pair of glasses, the salesman told me how serious my short-sighted was, I told myself not to read on bus anymore, but well...
@Sreekala (18782)
• India
16 Feb 09
If am in a long journey I used to read in bus. I also like to read while traveling in a train. But presently I am not traveling much distance in bus as my office not far from my home. If I go out for a long distance then I am traveling in a bike with my hubby. So there is no chance for reading. To be very frank, I think my reading habit get reduced much now. There is no free time at home and in office leisure time is using for mylot, I think it is high time to think about my reading habit. (lol)