Getting Back on the Road After an Accident
October 30, 2015 admin 0 Comments
A major road accident can leave you damaged both mentally and physically. Therefore, it can be challenging to get yourself back behind the wheel and on the road again. You can face physical hindrances and mental ones. You can be reluctant to put yourself back on the road due to fear that you may crash again, or because you have damaged your legs for example, and haven’t driven. We have some simple tips to help you get back on the road, hopefully with a little more confidence.
Check your licence is valid
If you have spent a long time in recovery after an accident, perhaps after having surgery, your licence may be out of date and in need of a renewal. But never fear! There are websites that are available to renew your licence for you, so you do not have to worry about the hassle of this process.
Take a learners lesson
If you are feeling nervous about getting back onto the road, you can book to have a learner’s driving lesson. You will feel safer as there will be someone in the passenger seat who has control of the car if you need assistance. The instructor will be sitting next to you, helping you every step of the way, and has their own set of pedals to control the car if need be. You will slowly be testing the waters, by driving but having someone else who can control the car too, if things take a turn for the worse.
Take things slow
After a large accident, you should not be performing long driving trips over an hour. Start small, such as trips to your local town centre or to a supermarket. Slowly re-introduce yourself to driving, instead of throwing yourself in the deep end!
Beware of painkiller side-effects
For physical injuries, pain medication helps majorly. However, this can often have a range of side effects such as drowsiness or reduced reaction time. Therefore, driving whilst under the influence of such medication is not a good idea, as it will impair your ability to drive.
If you are feeling psychologically traumatised, stress medication can be used to calm you down. You may be fearful to ever get back on the road, but stress medication can help to calm your nerves. However, be aware to read the side effects and decide whether this medication will affect your ability to drive.