Regaining Confidence After a Bike Accident
We know that a traumatic experience, such as falling off a motorcycle, is an episode that not only marks our memory. At our neurological level, we are also compromised. The feelings and sensations experienced that have been imprinted, are in a dramatic way, conditioning us from that moment in our lives.
The response of fear, paralysis and mental blockage are normal in a situation of post-traumatic stress, even more so when it is an accident, regardless of whether it was mild or severe. Follow these tips and lose the fear of your motorcycle after an accident.
Regain Your Confidence
- Evaluate your degree of amaxophobia. There are questionnaires specially designed for knowing the intensity of the fear of driving that you feel and if needed, what kind of treatment you should use to ease the problems. Answering one of them can be a good start. You can either find online help or even better, pay a visit to a doctor.
- If you don’t feel capable of driving, start by co-driving with people who make you feel comfortable and safe, try not to overdo it, though, don’t go too fast. Doing this can increase your motorcycle travel safety progressively over time, making you feel less anxious and more confident.
- The first times on a motorcycle after an accident, ask someone you trust and that makes you feel calm to travel near you and go only in streets that you already know by heart. Exploring new grounds is a no-no here. You don’t want to get lost or discover bumps that you didn’t even imagine could exist.
- As your fear decreases, increase your goals. Drive accompanied but on paths that you do not know so much. Then start taking the motorcycle without company to the best-known locations, ride alone for a couple of blocks, and so on. You’ll start feeling more and more capable of doing things as you did before.
Keep Your Friends Close
After an accident, when you have recovered physically, sooner or later, no matter how long it takes, a question arises: should you roll again? The good/bad thing is that everyone has an answer for you, or better said opinions. You will find three types of people:
- There are some motorcyclists who will recommend you: “The sooner you get back up in a bike, the better. If you don’t, the fear wins”. And it truly works for some. They don’t let themselves focus on fear or after effects because they are out there on the road as soon as they get clearance from their doctors.
- Other friends, usually non-riders or people that maybe were motorcyclists and the same thing happened to them, will tell you: “You better not go back up. Be thankful that you came out alive and leave it behind”.
- The third group of people, usually family and friends who have never ridden a motorcycle, will simply take it for granted that you no longer will ride a motorcycle. Their logic doesn’t allow them to even think that someone who suffered physical damage during an activity will risk it again.
No matter what they say, or try to do, everyone’s perception of life and experiences are quite different, so, before trusting a family member or friend who is saying that riding is too dangerous for you, look inside you and find the best answer to that matter.