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Gaining Confidence After a Road Accident

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 3 Sep 2016 | comments*Discuss
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Experiencing a traffic accident can be an extremely traumatic event and depending on the person, the accident whether minor or major, can affect a drive's confidence. There are some useful rules to remember when trying to regain confidence after an accident. Though these rules may not be right for everyone, they can be useful when facing such a challenge.

Closure After An Accident

Although it may be difficult, it is extremely important to try and gain some sort of closure regarding the accident to help you move on. Sometimes, simply talking about it to people close to you helps, or if this is not possible perhaps search the internet and find a support group that may have others in a similar situation. If you prefer speaking to a professional and feel this may be warranted, there is also that option.

Don't Blame Yourself!

If you can't come to terms with what has shaken your confidence it is going to make things more difficult, but not impossible. Try not to blame yourself for what has occurred, picking apart events and trying to second guess what may have happened will not help, what has happened has happened and unless you can reverse time, nothing is going to change that particular event. Learn from it and move forward, but always remember that everyone's situation is different so don't be too hard on yourself.

Starting Over Again

Starting over may help you gain your confidence and just as you did when first learning to drive, consider taking a competent driver in the vehicle with you for your first few trips. This is a good safety procedure for the first few times back on the road after an accident, especially if you're feeling completely overwhelmed, because it means you have a backup should it all become too much.

Stay Within Your Comfort Zone

When you're trying to gain your driving confidence back, it's really important to stay within your comfort zone. As with those initial driving excursions you originally took when learning, try not to venture too far afield - start small and work your way forward. Nothing will kill confidence more than rushing headlong into something when you're not up to the task. Don't be embarrassed, people will understand and if they see you're really trying, they'll be happy for you and happy to help.

Back In The Driving Seat

Getting back on the horse or more aptly, getting back into the driving seat is extremely important. Most people have probably heard the analogy, get back on the horse after you've been thrown off and this is similar to getting back in the driving seat. Now this isn't to say you should be entering any rodeos, but a nice gentle trot is the way to go. The idea is, don't be afraid of your car. If you need to get a completely different car, do that, anything that will help you feel more comfortable is worthwhile, as the longer you leave it, the more difficult it can be to get your confidence back.

Be Kind To Yourself

Getting your confidence back after an accident can be tough, but you can do it! As with anything in life, take your experience and learn from it. It can make you a better driver long term, as you'll be more aware, more diligent on the road and more cautious of other drivers. Take baby steps to reach your goal and try not to let any pressure from others put you off, that's a long road back! Take things at your own pace, get the help you need and always remember to breathe deep and realise you know how to drive, just go do it.

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It should tell you on your policy if you were covered to drive someone elses car.
Ashie60 - 3-Sep-16 @ 2:58 PM
I was recently in a car accident to which I was driving the car is a definite write off.the car was my uncle's not mine and I just assumed because I was fully comprehensive on my insurance I could drive but it turns out I was not, both insurance companies mine and my uncle's are saying there's nothing they can do because I was not covered can anyone give some advice.
coll - 16-Dec-15 @ 7:59 PM
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