My 17-year-old daughter, who has attention deficit, got a speeding ticket this weekend. How can I help her drive more safely?
Larry Silver, M.D.
Her problems with driving might be due to being a teen, not her ADHD. However, we do know that many people with ADHD have difficulty driving safely. Impulsivity causes them to act before they think. Others have problems because they are distracted by things they see or hear while behind the wheel.
If your daughter is less impulsive and more attentive when she is on medication, she needs to take it whenever she drives. Your daughter might also benefit from some extra time with a driving instructor. He could help her pay closer attention to the road.