Scared of Driving? Here How to Get Back Behind the Wheel After a Car Accident

Hey Cats,

Getting into a car accident is not something that you can predict. Sometimes it can happen when you least expect it. One minute you’re driving your car, then all of a sudden, a car has decided to pull out of their junctions without looking, or maybe they took the corner too sharply and have now ended up on your side of the room. It doesn’t matter how big or small the crash was, but it can certainly make you nervous to get back behind the wheel.

Not to mention that you will probably be feeling incredibly stressed, or perhaps you’ve suffered an injury due to the accident. This can all have a negative impact on your life. It’s no wonder that people will involve the help of a Car accident lawyer to help them get any compensation that they deserve, particularly if it means that they’ve lost out on money (due to missing work for doctor’s appointment etc). This at least is a small comfort, but obviously can’t get rid of the fear of getting back on the road. So how can you get back in a car after an accident? Keep on reading to find out how…

Don’t Rush Getting Back on the Road

Whilst it is important to get back behind the wheel as this can help boost your confidence, you shouldn’t rush it. Obviously, if you’ve suffered a physical injury or are struggling with the mental impact of the accident (e.g. if a death was involved), then you might not be ready to get back behind the wheel. This is perfectly fine; you can take your time and then when it feels right you can get back behind the wheel.

However, you shouldn’t just put it off because you can’t be bothered. If you no longer have an injury, then you can’t use this as an excuse. If you were never injured (or at least severely injured), then some people think it’s best to get back in the car that very same day. If you don’t, then you might find that you are incapable of driving again due to fear just building up. You don’t want this to happen, so it’s best to try and avoid it by getting in your car as soon as you can, but only when you are ready though.

Start Off Small

You don’t even need to go on a long trip in your car. The best thing that you can do is start off small and see how things go. Make sure to go on a route that you know really well, and preferably one that is normally quiet. You should avoid going out in the rush hour when you start driving again, as this might cause you to feel more stressed, and this is something which you should be aiming to avoid.
If you are worried about driving by yourself, then make sure to bring a friend or family member with you. Sometimes just having someone else in the car can help keep you calm. They can also help guide you if things get a bit too much. You will feel a lot more confident if you have someone else in the car with you. Do this a few times and you’ll soon be wondering what you were worried about in the first place.

Consider a Defensive Driving Course

Obviously, you can never predict when an accident is going to occur, but you might feel more confident driving if you take a defensive driving course. If you are still feeling anxious whilst driving, then this might be the best thing that you can do. Some people feel fine driving on normal roads, however, when they have to drive past the crash site, they start to feel panicky.
You should never avoid the crash site, as this might actually be counterproductive, however, if the crash site is on the way to work then you will have to learn how to be okay with it. This is why many people will take a defensive driving course, as it will help drivers recognise and analyse situations that could potentially become dangerous. This will hopefully make you feel more confident driving again and means that you will feel more comfortable going on longer car journeys. Don’t forget that you should also make sure to take care of your car though before you go on a long drive, why not check out this article here about staying safe on long journeys - you might feel a bit more confident after reading it!

Have you got any tips for rediscovering your driving confidence?

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