The Truth About ADHD and Teen Drivers

The Truth About ADHD and Teen Drivers

They are far more accident prone than peers without the condition.

Teenagers can be very helpful people. They can put your groceries away, give you directions when lost, babysit your kids, do yard work and even run extremely successful businesses. But getting them behind the wheel of your car is sometimes different. It might cause you to worry.

Many teens can handle the challenges of driving. If you know a teenager who deals with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) however, they may want to take things step-by-step.

According to Reuters Health, new teen drivers with ADHD are 62% more likely to crash their car within the first month of getting their driver’s license.

During the first 4 years as a new driver, they are 37% more likely to have an accident. They’re also twice as likely to suffer through an alcohol-related crash, compared with their peers who don’t have ADHD.

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Why does this happen?

Teens with ADHD are generally more distractible, inattentive, and impulsive. They also have a more difficult time regulating their emotions.

In order to keep teens with ADHD safe and those on the roads around them, Allison Curry of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has this advice.

If your teen has ADHD, consider hiring a certified driving instructor and having them complete lessons. Wait an extra year or two before letting your teen drive. Doing this can help matters.

If you do wait until your teen is 18 or older however, be aware that you will have to establish your own house rules for graduate driving, as your teen will no longer be under this category according to the law.

Consider limiting night driving and saying no to peer passengers. And of course, no cell phones while driving.  Stay safe, kids.

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