Driving can feel almost automatic for experienced drivers. However, the truth is that driving is potentially dangerous and it requires a lot of concentration. If you’ve been in an accident or even experienced a near miss, your confidence could be impacted.
How do you regain your driving confidence?
Don’t push yourself too hard
If you’re feeling anxious about driving, it’s best not to push yourself too hard. Start with shorter journeys in familiar areas. If it helps, bring an experienced driver with you as a passenger. Just make sure that they know to keep conversation to a minimum so that you can focus.
Make sure you’re comfortable
It may sound like a small detail, but being in a comfortable seated position is very important while driving. You want to be positioned so that you can easily press the pedals and maneuver the steering wheel. Your seat should also be positioned so that you can easily see what’s in front of you. Remember to adjust your mirrors so that your view around the vehicle is optimized.
Consider a refresher course
It may be a long time since you first passed your driving test. There is no harm in doing a refresher course to ensure that you are up to speed with the latest driving safety techniques. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to do a refresher course every few years.
If another road user caused a crash that harmed you physically and/or psychologically, you may be able to claim compensation. Seek legal guidance to explore your options in more detail.