Driving and ADHD

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Driving and ADHD

Researchers Russell Barkley, PhD, and Daniel Cox, PhD, reviewed the scientific literature on the driving risks and impairments associated with ADHD and the effects of stimulant medication on driving performance. Among their findings:

  • Young drivers with ADHD are two to four times more likely to have traffic accidents, three times as likely to have injuries, four times more likely to be at fault, and six to eight times more likely to have their licenses suspended.
  • To date, medication is the only known treatment shown to help ADHD driving behavior.
  • Effective behavioral treatments are needed that can help young drivers with ADHD while driving, or at the point of performance.
  • Based on the research, clinicians should educate patients and caregivers about the increased risk of adverse outcomes among untreated individuals with ADHD, and the role of medication in improving driving performance.

With these sobering statistics, it only makes sense for parents and teens with ADHD to approach driving with caution. As a parent, you will want to proceed slowly and with much more practice than might be required for teens without ADHD. An understanding of the importance of taking medication when driving can be crucial. And clear expectations on who can be in the car, use of cell phones, curfews, and the many other distractions of adolescence need to be addressed. There are programs that have been developed to help teens learn the skills of driving safely. Read the articles below to learn more.

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ADHD Safe Driving Program - Good news for teens with ADHD who want to improve their driving skills and also reduce their risk of car accidents and traffic violations: The ADHD Safe Driving Program can help.

Driving Risks in Adolescents and Young Adults with ADHD - If you are like most parents, the thought of your child with ADHD obtaining a driver’s license is a cause of major concern, if not downright scary. You’ve seen firsthand the difficulties your child has with self-control, staying focused, paying attention, and resisting distractions, and you know how important these attributes are to safe driving.