by Brian McKay
Have you lost your confidence driving on the roads? This is quite common after being involved in an incident. It might have been a collision, or it could have been something else like a road rage altercation. It might even just be someone telling you that you are a poor driver. Even this can knock your confidence enough to make you change your driving style which can be dangerous. Driving substantially slower than you usually would could be just as dangerous as driving faster than you should. That’s why confidence is so important. As well as this, the right level of confidence in your ability can actually ensure that you find driving fun which is how it should be. But how do you regain your confidence once it has been negatively impacted?
Get Back On The Saddle
Ask any horse riding instructor, and they will tell you that if a student ever falls off, they need to start riding again as quickly as possible. Well, the same is true for driving. If you are physically and emotionally healthy after an incident, you need to get back behind the wheel or at least back in the car. If you don’t do this, then those four wheels can become the claws of a massive monster that you will no longer be able to face. This is the last thing you want. By the time you do finally get back in the driver’s seat, you will have lost a lot of the confidence that you once had in yourself.
If you were in an accident, it’s important to know what caused the incident. If you don’t know what caused it, that monster we mentioned becomes invisible. Again, you can’t confront it if you can’t see it. You need to find who was to blame or what was to blame even if ultimately, it’s revealed you were at fault. If you were at fault, you can learn from the mistake and improve for the future. Detailing your car accident will help you take a trip down memory lane and find out what the cause really was. Though, often you will need the help of a skilled lawyer to get to the bottom of the issue here.
You might find that you need therapy to help you find your way back onto the road after an incident. This will be the case is the trauma is deeply rooted in your psyche. That’s always a possibility after a serious car accident as they can be very frightening experiences. A therapist can help you address this in a head-on way that is healthy and helpful to you on your road to recovery.
Finally, you might want to think about taking a day or even a weekend to reclaim your enjoyment of the roads. Get out the city and go for a gentle drive away from the hustle and bustle, the smog and the blare of car horns. Do this, and you will almost certainly discover that part of you that was lost when your confidence on the road took a nasty hit.