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Regaining confidence after a car accident

A car accident can be a very traumatic experience. Some people will deal with the experience better than others, but even the most level headed person can find it a little unnerving to get back into a car after an accident, especially if they feel responsible for the injuries or deaths of others. Here are a few tips that may be able to help you if you are in this position.

Try to put the event behind you

It's important to discuss any emotional issues you have as a result of your accident with people close to you, and not to dwell on them. Sometimes professional help may be useful in this situation, so it might be wise to speak to your GP who should be able to put you in touch with the right person. Often speaking to others who have been in a similar situation can also help make things easier.

Try not to blame yourself

Most normal people are likely to feel some element of guilt following a car accident, especially if you were to blame. It is easy for someone else to tell you not to worry, but then again they weren't there.

What you have to remember is that at the end of the day we are all human, and we all make mistakes. Dwelling on it will not solve the situation, in fact it will probably make you feel worse. Feelings of 'what if' I did this or that are inevitable, but this will not help anyone now and so it's best to put it down to experience and move on.

As mentioned before it may help you to speak to your GP and arrange to speak to a professional counsellor who will be able to help you deal with your feelings and emotions at this difficult time.

Don't do too much too soon

Your confidence is obviously going to be shaken following an accident, this is inevitable. It will take time for it to return and so take things gradually and at your own pace.

Start driving again but do it small steps. Short journeys on quiet roads, perhaps with a friend for extra support would be a good place to begin. Family and friends will provide invaluable help.

Getting back in the driving seat

Try not to put off returning to driving for too long. The sooner you start to ease yourself back behind the wheel the better, but don't rush it. Getting a different car may help you with your 'fresh start'.

Above all try to stay positive. Most people will be involved in a car accident at some time in their lives, so try to learn from the experience, take your time and your confidence will return.

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