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.
Clinicians and researchers have long known that individuals with ADHD are more prone to engaging in risky behaviors such as smoking, gambling, substance abuse and unprotected sex. New studies show that adults with ADHD may engage in more risky behavior because of an exaggerated sense of benefit and a lessened ability to understand the consequences.