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Regaining your confidence back after a car crash

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Being involved in a car crash can be pretty harrowing, particularly if you were behind the wheel when the accident occurred. People deal with the experience differently and for some that means being a bit wary of getting back in the car and driving again. You may feel lucky not to have been seriously injured or worse and don’t wish to put yourself in the position where something like that might happen again. If you’re struggling to get back behind the wheel following a road traffic accident then here are some tips on regaining your confidence back after a car crash and the freedom that being able to drive gives you.

Don’t dwell on it

While it may be a good idea to consider what went wrong and whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the crash, dwelling on it won’t benefit anyone. Talk to close friends and family about your feelings and ask your GP to refer you to a counsellor if you feel you need some professional help in getting over what happened. Try to bear in mind that many people actually find they become better drivers following a car crash as they become more aware of what is going on around them and are more cautious of what other drivers are doing.

Take it slowly

When you do feel ready to drive again you may want to ease yourself back in gently. A few short trips will help build up your confidence whereas a long journey straight off might just stress you out and reaffirm the notion that you don’t want to drive any more. Stick to roads that you know relatively well and stay within your comfort zone.

Company

confidence after crashIt might help to ask a friend to accompany you on your first few trips out.  If you don’t feel comfortable with that then call a driving instructor and ask if they’d be willing to take you out a couple of times.  The moral support will help you build up confidence and having someone to chat to will help you relax and keep the accident out of your mind. It also gives you the option of handing over the controls if you find it a bit overwhelming and can’t face driving home.

Freedom

Although driving might be the last thing you want to do just now, think of the benefits that come with it. You can go wherever you like whenever you like without having to rely on lifts from other people or examining the bus timetable every time you want to leave the house. Thinking of all the advantages of being able to drive will help get you into the right frame of mind to get on the road again.

Don’t put it off

When a child falls off a bike we usually encourage them to get straight back on it. This is not much different. The longer you put off driving again, the more difficult it will seem when you eventually do get into the car. The best thing you can do is get back into the driver’s seat as soon as possible. You don’t need to drive anywhere, even just sitting there will get rid of some demons and allow you a feeling of control. Take it at a pace you are comfortable with and don’t rush into it – you will get there in the end.

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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