|A Canary's Eye View Challenges|
As with any public place, the pesticides, cleaning products and "air fresheners"; scent from normal laundry products and personal-care products make this option impossible for me. Then add the exhaust fumes... !
A Car of One's Own
The last time a car I was using died, it took my husband and me over a year to find another I could tolerate. Here's the list I took to the used car dealers and people who advertised they were selling a car:
Here's my list of other things to check the smell of when I look at the car:
Even with all that, I react to a lot in the car. Arthritis-like aching and stiffness starts after about fifteen minutes, and gets worse the longer I'm in the car. If I keep the windows closed, I get drowsy. Oxygen helps, but fresh air is better. I drive back roads so I'm not in traffic, to avoid exhaust. And when I was trying to find the current car, the exhaust system on the old one had developed a leak into the heating system. Instead of running the heater, I wore heavy sweaters and coats, and kept a thick wool blanket in the car that I put over my lap like people used to long ago in sleighs.
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