Owning and driving a car can be a lot of fun. For some persons, they feel an extra level of pride when they get to cruise around in that expensive piece of an automobile or some kind of old skool classic ride. For others, the fun part comes from the fact that their car makes their life a whole lot easier. Still, for some, it's the adrenaline that pumps through their veins anytime they blast away in one of those speed demons they park away in their garages.
Either way, each category of the people highlighted above derives some level of satisfaction from driving their cars. However, there are times when the unfortunate happens and an accident occurs, at such times driving is not so much fun. In fact, there are people that completely lose interest in driving after being involved in an accident, irrespective of the degree of the crash, while others seem unable to get their minds past the accident experience.
This condition where a person struggles to get past an accident experience and get back to their normal way of life is generally classed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD. In this part of the world, we seem to pay very little attention to the effect of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We see people that struggle to cope with traumatic incidents as weak, a tag that very few persons want to be associated with.
Accident victims usually struggle with the traumatic experience
The truth remains that most people struggle with this condition and find it hard to get back to driving freely without fear. This article will focus on tips to help people struggling with post-accident driving fear overcome these hurdles and get back to driving freely.
Tips on How to overcome post-accident driving fear
1. Why not start over
For people who are struggling with the most severe form of post-accident fear, we usually recommend that they start over. By this, we mean that they start over as though they were driving novices and are learning how to drive. The idea behind this is to take the pressure off you, as you walk your way up and gradually get used to driving freely again without those doubts and anxieties.
To help you go through this, it is advised that you enlist the help of a registered and professional driving school. We expect that they will put you through the Basic Driving Refresher Course or the Defensive Driving Course which is by far the better option especially for people struggling with post-accident driving fear.
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If however, you decide to go through this privately without using the help of a driving school, we recommend that you enlist the help of someone you trust to be a very good driver and one you are very free with. These can be people who know all about your struggle and people and someone you've been free to talk to about your situation without holding back.
This choice of trainer is to help you feel as relaxed and confident in your environment as possible, as this will be very essential in your getting back to driving freely within the shortest possible time.
With this, we may want to start up in an open area, like an unused football field. From here you can gradually move to roads with low traffic, as you acclimatise with being behind the wheels. If you successfully conquer these low traffic terrains, you can then move a notch higher by trying out busy roads. You may struggle with anxieties and even panic, but it's only by facing your fears that you can conquer them. It's a struggle, but if you continue, you will be the better for it, so keep going.
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2. Don't be ashamed to talk about it
Talking about a traumatic experience to someone you trust is known to help people experiencing post-trauma disorder cope and heal faster. So please talk about the accident, don't be ashamed, as this is one of the fastest routes to overcoming your fear and getting back to driving freely.
Try talking to someone about your experience
However, it is best that you focus less on the negative aspects of the crash, rather your focus should be put more on how you make the best efforts to avoid the accident and minimize the damage. Generally, focus on the positives of an otherwise unfortunate event.
3. Seek Medical Help
People react differently to trauma, while for some persons, they can get back on their feet and back to normalcy in no time, others take longer to get back themselves. For such persons, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder becomes a real problem. Depending on the severity of the condition experienced by the person, some form of medical help will be essential to help the person cope with the anxiety and panic attacks that accompany this kind of health disorder.
Seek medical help if possible
If you've been in an accident recently and you seem to be struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, along with the feeling of depression, then you should consider seeking medical help and driving fear therapy.
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After reading this article on how to overcome fear for driving, the bonus is on you to give it a try by taking the first steps to overcome post-accident driving fear. We hope this article will spike your desire towards being free from your shackle of fear and anxiety. Hopefully, we will see you on the road soon, as you now have a useful tool that shows you how to overcome the post-accident driving fear. If this was helpful, please do well to share with friends and family.