ADHD Behind the Wheel: Teaching Attention Deficit Teens to Drive

ADHD symptoms can easily get in the way of safe driving for attention deficit teens and adults. Find out how to keep your child (and yourself!) safe on the road.

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ADHD teens and adults are more likely than others to be careless drivers, experts believe. In fact, studies have found that teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are nearly twice as likely as the general population to have had their licenses suspended.

"The problem is that the skills affected by ADHD are the ones you most need for driving," says psychologist Nadine Lambert, Ph.D. of the University of California at Berkeley. "People with ADHD have serious difficulties planning ahead, following through, and staying on task— things you need to do to drive safely."

ADD teens and adults are significantly more likely to be convicted for speeding, not obeying signs and signals, following too closely, improper passing, and not following road markings. Additionally they're at least somewhat more likely than non-ADDers to participate in reckless driving, drunk driving, and poor lane placement.

This doesn't mean that you have to avoid driving all together as an ADD adult or sign on to being your child's chauffer for the rest of your life. Here, you can learn safety tips, suggestions for how to teach an ADHD child to drive, setting driving rules and more about being safe behind the wheel.

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