Car Accident?

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    • #62080
      stephdirr
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      Has anyone else had a car accident or a close call due to ADD? I just recently had one and I feel that it was due to ADD symptoms such as procrastinating, running late and taking my eyes off the road?

    • #62102
      tikan891
      Participant

      Here in Sweden all new drivers with ADHD have to have a psychiatrist insurance that they are medicated or calm enough to be driving.

    • #62116
      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      Studies show that individuals with ADHD are much more likely to get in car accidents than those without.

      “I’m Too Distracted When I Drive”

      There are strategies to lessen this additional risk:

      Stop Distracted Driving with These Safety Tips

      And medication for ADHD reduces the risks as well:

      ADHD Meds Reduce the Risk for Car Crashes

      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #62135
      kellyh
      Participant

      Just my personal advice for avoidance of this:

      I have adopted it as a ‘challenge’ ( and we LOVE a challenge, especially if it seems we are unlikely to succeed!) to maintain a clean driving record. So – speed, attention, other drivers – I am hyper stimulated (read stimulated enough to maintain focus!) by every little detail on the roads when I drive so I can NOT speed, NOT make silly decisions, NOT lose focus or have an accident because of something or someone I didn’t see….

      I have a routine in/out of the car to follow (this means I turn lights on and or handbrake up etc – if I don’t follow it I forget one of those!).

      I was stopped the first time the other day (I’m 35) for not having headlights on (I didn’t follow routine was emotional. And in a very well lit street, stopped as I turned off it just 50m from home where I’d just left!). My record served to save my bacon and have police only caution me. I’m glad because if they had fined me, I’d have no challenge 🙁 and that genuinely worries me about how I’d maintain motivation to drive well!!

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