After going through a horrific car accident, you might experience a crippling fear of driving. There is a reason why it is important to get back behind the wheel again.
According to the International Transport Forum, South Africa was ranked number 36 in countries with the worst car accidents fatalities in 2013.
Each year Arrive Alive campaigns and implores drives to be alert and drives safely as most accidents with a high rate of fatalities occur during the Easter holiday and the Festive holidays in the country.
Almost every weekend there is a horrific accident in some part of the country. Drunk driving, speed and public transportation are the top three causes of car accidents.
When you are involved in a car accident As a driver, the worst fear you might encounter is getting involved in a horrendous car accident, and in an instant your world could be turned upside down. Literally.
The logistics of being involved in a car accident such as hospital bills, car insurance short fall, funeral costs (in fatal crashes), some form of therapy (physical or mental) can be overwhelming.
You might never want to drive again or actually be unable to which might lead you to not wanting to get into any kind of car. There are multiple reasons why you would fear driving after a car accident: • Survivors guilt- you might feel guilty after maybe being a survivor in a fatal crash • Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Not getting the right kind of help
This is a common fear that many people actually experience and there are vital ways of getting the help you need.
Getting the help you need. It might not occur to you that you have an actual problem; you might just think you are being silly and dramatic by avoiding any form of driving. This form of denial will prevent you from taking the necessary steps to overcome your fears and asking for help.
Speak to a therapist or join a support group (there are numerous groups) and you will see it’s not just you. This will reassure you about your insecurities of driving.
It will not take one meeting to get over the fear; you will have to go repeatedly until you get to the very core of your fear in order to heal.
Remember it is okay to be afraid but holding on to that fear will take over your life and slow the process of healing. It is nearly impossible to not drive anywhere whether you do the driving or being driven by someone else.
It cannot be stressed out enough, accidents are an everyday occurrence some minor and some very serious. It is important to follow the rules of the road and drive aware. You might be the cause of an accident or some other vehicle may be the cause, it is still an accident and you need to move on from it somehow. Get the help you need for your own sake.
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