If you've been in a car accident, it can feel anxiety-provoking to drive again. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to regain your confidence and prepare yourself for getting behind the wheel. Here are a few tips.
How to Overcome a Fear of Driving After a Car Accident
1. Journal & Share Your Story
Write down what happened during the accident from the beginning to the end, focusing on how you felt throughout the ordeal. Putting the story in chronological order will help you deal with the difficult emotions and face the trauma. Repeat this process until the crash doesn't feel as emotionally charged. If this is too difficult, consider working with a therapist who has experience in trauma recovery.
Next, talk to family and friends about the experience, emphasizing that you're safe now. This will reduce the intrusive thoughts and ease the nervousness and fear.
2. Get in the Car as a Passenger
One anxiety-inducing part of driving is that you're operating a powerful vehicle, making you responsible for yourself, any passengers, and other motorists on the road. Let yourself get used to being in a car by asking a trusted friend or family member to drive you around town. This will take the pressure off while you acclimate.
3. Dont Wait Too Long
Waiting too long to drive again can increase the difficulty of overcoming the anxiety and fear. Once you process the trauma by writing and speaking to friends, create a plan for getting back behind the wheel.
When you feel prepared to operate a vehicle on your own, take it slow. Start in a large parking lot or drive around a quiet neighborhood near your home. Don't drive on a busy street or highway until you've mastered areas with minimal traffic. Finally, ask a family member or friend to ride along so you can talk about and process your feelings and anxieties. Choose someone who puts you at ease and has a lot of driving experience.
If you were in a car accident caused by another motorist's negligence, contact Starks Byron. Our personal injury law firm was founded by Trisha Starks-Byron and serves clients all over the state of GA. We have helped countless individuals receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Call (404) 795-5115 to set up a consultation and to learn more about our services.
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