The premise behind this initiative is based on the fact that we often ignore the aftermath of trauma that sets in after someone is involved in a road accident.
In an innovative and thoughtful attempt, a new R numberplate is being designed in Australia in a bid to highlight the issue of trauma associated with road accidents. An Australian service and repair company mycar Tyre & Auto has launched “R Plates” which represent “Return Plates”. This categorises the drivers returning to the road after some sort of terrible road accident. Here are the details of this unique measure.
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R Numberplate in Australia
Before we jump the gun, we must mention that this has not been made official by the government as a policy. But the proposal is being mulled upon. The aim is to raise awareness regarding the traumatic experience and its aftermath on the psychological effect that a road accident causes. In a survey of 1,000 Aussie drivers in August, 73% were found to be affected by road accidents. These drivers struggle to get back to the driving seat as the trauma of the past often keeps haunting them.
They feel the pressure from the other drivers as they are already recovering from the accident in their minds. With these numberplates, other drivers will show empathy toward them after recognising this symbol. This will go a long way in the recovery of these drivers to feel confident on the road again. Such drivers need the support of other people to return to driving cars. Unfortunately, some of them never do.
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Many doctors have confirmed that while physical health is treated in an accident, the mental aspect is often ignored. This causes anxiety in the minds of these drivers when they return to the road again. As a result, they are constantly under the pressure of other drivers while the image of their horrible accident keeps playing in their heads. Therefore, it becomes the prerogative of others to make them feel safe and confident on the road again. What are your thoughts about this unique practice?