3 Tips For Comfortable Driving After an Accident

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 3 months ago

    When you’ve experienced an auto accident, it can be tough to get behind the steering wheel again. To some, it’s not just tough to start driving again, but just the thought of it may even trigger anxiety - and for some very good reasons as your brain is simply trying to avoid another traumatising event.

    You don’t have to give up on getting back on the road, though, as most people are able to overcome their fear and start that engine once again. If you or someone you know is going through a similar process, you have definitely come to the right place.

    Here is a handful of great tips in terms of feeling comfortable again while you’re out driving as well as how you can get back behind the steering wheel, to begin with.

    #1 Ask for help or offer to help

    Anyone who has gone through something like this might need someone to talk to - and it doesn’t really matter if the accident was big or minor. As long as the experience was frightening to you, it’s going to be difficult to get back out there and any help you can get is going to make it a bit easier.

    While talking to a professional about it certainly will help, you might want to lean on a good friend or a family member as well. They will be able to assist you when you take that first drive around the block too, by the way, as you probably don’t want to do this alone when the time has come.

    Talking about your trauma and opening up to someone is the key to putting it behind you. Ask for help from a good friend or a family member you trust and the process will seem a lot easier.

    #2 Take a safe driving course

    For many people who have experienced an accident, the best way to get behind the steering wheel is to take a safe driving course. This can be beneficial even if the accident wasn’t your fault, by the way, so look up a course near you online but talk to your auto accident lawyer about it first to make sure that it’s not admitting any fault in case you have an ongoing claim against you.

    A safe driving course may be what you need to get your confidence back when you’re on the road and find a sense of comfort within yourself again. Ask a friend to join you and you might be able to get started a bit sooner.

    #3 Go for a short drive

    When you feel ready for it, the best way to start driving again is to make the trip as short as possible. Just a quick trip down to the grocery shop and back should be enough to give you a confidence boost - and the next trip you make won’t seem as intimidating.

    Having someone to support you while you’re going through this will help tremendously, though, and you shouldn’t underestimate the healing powers of a friend. Ask them to tag along on your first trip as well so that you feel a bit calmer.


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