If you’ve had a car accident, then don’t worry – you’re not alone. At some point, almost everyone who drives will be involved in one – and if it isn’t serious then you’re one of the lucky ones. But even if no one’s injured and your car’s only a little scratched, it can still be a pretty traumatic event that might make you reticent to get behind the wheel again. If you’ve been in a prang, here’s how to get back on the road…

Get Your Car Repaired

First and foremost, you need to make sure that your car’s okay. Even if you think you’ve just got away with a few scratches, there could be deeper problems that aren’t immediately evident, so get it down to your local garage for it to be checked over. That means you’ll feel much more confident next time you get back in that car and start driving again.

Sort Out The Legal Stuff

It may not seem like much fun, but it’s essential that you sort out all the legalities of the situation – talk to your insurance and be absolutely honest, open and transparent with the police if you’re in contact with them. It can be nerve wracking but you should try to use it as a learning experience. If you think you could be owed some money after what happened, talk to a car accident lawyer who might just be able to get you what you deserve.

Get Behind The Wheel Again

It might seem more than a little intimidating to start driving again, but it’s crucial that you do so – otherwise it will start to seem like something you’ll never have the confidence to do again. As soon as you’re satisfied that your car’s ready to be on the road, start driving around your local area. No one’s saying that you have to make huge road trips but it’s time to start building your driving confidence up again.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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