How to Read in a Moving Vehicle

Reading in a car or on a bus can be very difficult at times. Got a chapter of History to read before you get to school? Can't put that Stephen King book down for the car ride across town? This article will offer some helpful tips for you.


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    Get in position. Position is very important for reading in a vehicle. Make sure that you're holding your book firmly--it helps if you rest it against something, such as your lap or the car door.
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    Be comfortable! Uncomfortable positions can really hinder your reading. If you're in a position that's causing you pain, you may be more likely to feel nauseated when reading in a car.
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    Start reading. See how things go for a while. If you begin to feel nauseated, dizzy or uncomfortable, stop and take a break. Lean your head back and close your eyes for a few minutes.
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    Take some food and water with you. It's important to stay hydrated when reading in the car. If you aren't getting enough water, you could easily become nauseated or dizzy very quickly. If this happens, take a drink! Food can also help to settle your body down.
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    Stop reading if you're on a bumpy road. Bumps can make it very difficult to read continuously. You may want to take a break until you reach a smoother stretch of road.
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    Don't push yourself! If you're getting a headache or you can't understand what you're reading, take some time off from the book! There's no point to reading in a vehicle if you're not even comprehending the material.


  • Bring a flashlight if you'll be riding around at night. You can't read if you can't see the text!
  • Don't be afraid to take a break if you need one.
  • Food and water can really help if you're feeling lightheaded while reading.
  • If nothing else worked well you can just buy an audiobook.


  • If you feel extremely nauseated to the point where you might vomit, stop reading. Crack open the window, get some fresh air, and take a drink.
  • Common sense dictates that you shouldn't read in a car if you're the one driving!

Things You'll Need

  • Food
  • Water
  • A flashlight
  • A book
  • Someone else to drive

Article Info

Categories: Cars | Reading and Comprehension Skills