If you have been unfortunate enough to have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, it is likely that you will need to use a replacement courtesy car.
Whilst you may be very keen to get back behind the wheel and try out the car, there are a few things you need to consider before taking it out onto the road. Indeed, most drivers need to take a little time to adjust to unfamiliar vehicles and putting pressure on yourself to get back to driving like you used to could cause issues.
Adjusting to a new car
If you want to enjoy your courtesy car in a way that is safe and responsible, you will need to ease yourself into driving it. If you do this, you will be more confident on the road and will mitigate the chances of having another accident.
The amount of time you need to adjust to the car will be very much up to you. Some people take longer than others to get used to unfamiliar vehicles. It will also depend on how different the courtesy car is to your old car. If your old car was a slightly different height, for example, you will need to get used to the feel of driving at a new height.
Make your own adjustments
Once you have your courtesy car, there are a number of things you may need to adjust to make your driving experience as comfortable as possible. The mirrors, for example, will need to be adjusted to suit your own field of vision and to ensure you are able to navigate the car safely. Take your time positioning the side mirrors and rearview mirrors so you can comfortably see vehicles approaching from behind.
You may also need to reposition your steering wheel and seat. Indeed, this will ensure that you have adequate access to the wheel and that your feet touch the pedals comfortably.
Spend time in your courtesy car
If you’re a little nervous about driving an unfamiliar vehicle, spend some time sitting in it with the engine off. This will allow you to get used to its interior and to make any necessary adjustments thoughtfully and carefully.