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Article: Can Compression Socks Help on a Road Trip or Long Car Ride?

Can Compression Socks Help on a Road Trip or Long Car Ride?

It's great to take a vacation so you can stretch out and enjoy some beautiful scenery, but first, you have to get there. Dr. Motion compression socks can help you enjoy the ride and feel better when you reach your destination. Here’s why compression socks are exactly what to wear on a long car ride!

Best Compression Socks for Long Drives

Compression Socks For Road Trips 

There's tremendous value in wearing graduated compression socks at least up to the knee during air travel, especially on flights that last five hours or more. Compression socks maintain venous blood flow and prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Maintaining a venous blood flow is especially important in pregnant travelers and in passengers who have issues with varicose veins or venous reflux. Plus, compression socks help airplane travelers who don't have serious vein problems feel better when they get off the plane by preventing swelling and muscle fatigue.

But what about compression socks for road trips? Can compression socks for road travel also help you feel more energetic and less fatigued after a long car ride? Let's take a look at the benefits of compression socks, the evidence that they are an essential part of enjoying long distance car travel, and help you find the best compression socks for long drives.

Compression socks prevent swollen feet, ankles, and legs after a long road trip.

Not many of us travel by car with our legs stretched out. Sitting with your knees bent for hours interferes with blood flow back up the legs through the veins to the heart. Since blood stays in the lower legs longer, fluids can get stuck and cause swelling. This effect is particularly severe in people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, vein disease, or some combination of all three conditions.

There is no need to wear compression socks with a high-pressure rating to keep your ankles and feet from swelling on a road trip. Compression of just 18 to 25 mmHg, research from podiatrists tells us, will keep feet, ankles and lower legs from swelling when it is necessary to sit for a long time.

If you have had vein-related leg problems in the past, wearing compression socks may prevent their recurrence on a road trip.

If you have ever had a venous ulcer on your leg, or if you have ever had treatment for varicose veins or venous insufficiency in your legs, you know how long and hard it is to overcome these conditions. The last thing you want to happen on a long road trip is for the vein problems in your legs to come back. Researchers confirm that wearing compression socks during car travel prevents recurrences of these problems.

Best Travel Socks

What are the best compression socks for long drives?

There is abundant evidence that wearing compression socks will prevent swelling and increase mobility after a long ride in the car or on a bus or train. Compression socks can also be comfortable, with pressures of just 18 to 25 mmHg. Check out our website to find a wide variety of compression socks to suit any style preference!


  • Compression socks aren't just for air travel, they help prevent swelling during road trips, too.
  • Gentle compression of 18 to 25 mmHg is enough for a long car ride - this means you'll be comfortable and reduce swelling.
  • Dr. Motion provides high-quality compression socks.

Dr. Motion’s knee high compression socks are stylish, affordable, comfortable, and available in a variety of colors. Find them on our website and at major retailers everywhere!


Disclaimer: This article provides information solely for educational purposes, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other materials contained herein. This article is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dr. Motion is registered with the FDA but our products do not require FDA approval.

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