Many studies have confirmed that teen drivers with ADHD are at greater risk for being involved in an accident, getting ticketed for a traffic violation, or having their driver’s license suspended. A new study, conducted by Arunima Roy, PhD, of the University of Ottawa’s Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research in Ontario, has found that individuals whose childhood ADHD persists into adulthood also appear to be at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes.
A new study shows that new teen drivers with ADHD are more likely to experience a car accident or be cited for traffic violations. The reason? Researchers found that these teens are much more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, especially right after receiving their driver’s license. Education is an important part of reducing driving risks. Self-awareness of symptoms allows teens to understand how it affects their driving.
The symptoms of ADHD, which often include an inability to pay attention, distraction, and impaired impulse control can make driving more difficult. A number of studies have confirmed a higher number of car accidents among people with ADHD than the general population. While the cognitive demands of driving can be difficult for those with ADHD, especially teens there are a number of simple steps you can take to be a safe driver and avoid becoming dangerously distracted.
Someone with ADHD who is trying to master driving skills encounters challenges due to impairments of executive functions plus a probable maturational lag. In addition to these problems, there are challenges encountered at each level of skill building. Promising research shows that driving instructors who utilize a coaching strategy to communicate with their students are more successful.