A company is launching an initiative in Australia – the “R-Shield” campaign – to raise awareness of the psychological impact of traffic accidents.
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- After an accident, getting back on the road often poses difficulties for those affected.
- For this reason, an Australian company is starting a new awareness campaign.
- The “R sign” is intended to help create a supportive environment for those returning from traffic.
After a traumatic experience, it is often not easy to return to everyday life. This also applies to motorists who have to return to traffic after an accident. For this reason, a company in Australia has designed magnetic “R-plates” that can be attached to the vehicle in the same way as the “Lernfährer-L”.
The “MyCar” company developed the “R” sign so that other road users could see at first glance: this motorist should be given a lot of space, patience and consideration. “R” means “return” in road traffic.
raise awareness of mental stress
In a press release, “MyCar” explains the new campaign: “We care for those who suffer physical injuries as a result of a traffic accident. But we rarely think about the psychological stress that traffic trauma can cause.” The initiative aims to make people consider the mental health of those returning to the street.
So “R-Shield” aims to ensure that returnees know they are in a supportive environment. This way, even after a traumatic experience, drivers could return to the road with “confidence”.
Recognizing psychological distress helps with recovery
“Getting back on the road can be a frightening and stressful experience,” Jason Thompson, a traffic specialist and rehabilitation specialist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, told the Daily Telegraph. ”
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In Switzerland too, returning to road use can cause great difficulties for those affected: in 2021 alone, there were a total of 11,995 accidents involving personal injury in motorized traffic in this country. 1085 people were seriously injured – every week four people lose their lives in traffic accidents on Swiss roads.
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