Overcoming the Fear Of Getting Back in the Road

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 6 months ago

    It’s oh so much easier to drive before you know the full power of the danger of the roads. If you’ve been in an accident, even a minor one, it can be difficult to get back behind the wheel once your injuries have healed. Your body is fine, but your mind is afraid. Before, driving was all easy and straightforward, and now it seems like there’s danger lurking at every turn, like your vehicle is less than a convenient machine for getting around, and more a threat. Below, we take a look at some useful tips for getting back behind the wheel and on the road.


    Don’t Relive the Experience


    Your memory is not reliable, because no-one’s is. We tend to remember things incorrectly, more in line with what we project onto the thought rather than what actually transpired. If you remember that your incident was a terrible experience, when really it was only just a minor one, then you’ll get yourself into a negative thought spiral that’ll make driving traumatic. So don’t relive what happened, other than to learn from any mistakes you made. There’s zero advantage to overthinking these things!


    Get Closure


    Of course, it’s easy to move on if you’ve got closure on the whole thing, especially if the accident wasn’t your fault. So before you get back behind the wheel, make sure you’re on your way to getting justice for your injuries. You can do this by working with a personal injury lawyer, who will fight to ensure you get as much financial compensation as possible for what happened. It’s much easier to take up driving again if you’re not bitter that justice was never won.  


    Easy Driving


    When you do get back behind the wheel, make sure you’re not pushing things too far from the word go. For example, you don’t want to make your first trip a journey to work, or anywhere else where you positively have to make it. You don’t know how you’re going to react when you’re in the vehicle, so make your first drive an easy one. You can just go around the block, for example, just to get used to the feeling again.


    Working with an Expert


    Of course, even that might be easier said than done. If you’re really struggling with the experience of being behind the wheel, then look at working with an expert. A driving instructor knows what it’s like to be in a car with a driver who isn’t all that confident in what they’re doing. They’ll walk you through step by step, to the point where you’re back to your old driving self.


    Growing in Confidence


    It takes time to get over a physical injury; getting over a psychological issue is the same. So don’t ignore any negative feelings you might have - they’re real, and should be handled with care. It’s much better to take some time getting to a healthy space rather than powering through and making your troubles on the road even worse.


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