A recent study published in Healthline and conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) indicates that teens with ADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving. Additional results of the study indicate that these teens also have an increased risk of both moving violations and driving while intoxicated. The study found that 37% of teen drivers with ADHD are still at risk up to four years after they receive their license regardless of what age they obtained their license.
The CHOP study was led by Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., MPH. Curry's team evaluated information from 1,769 adolescents with ADHD who got their driver's licenses between 2004-2014. Curry's team also found that drivers with ADHD not only experienced a higher rate of crashes but crashes that involved passengers, being at fault, injuries as well as alcohol being involved. Plus, drivers with ADHD had a 109% higher risk of drunk driving that compared to those without ADHD. However, it is important to note that it is no ADHD that is causing riskier driving it is the behaviors often associated with ADHD, such as impulsivity and lack of focus.
Since we know teens with ADHD are at a higher risk, what can we do? We could delay teens with ADHD from getting their license, but the article in Healthline suggests that can be a disadvantage to teens because then they would have less supervised driving time. Teens with ADHD need as much driving practice time as possible. Therefore, if your child has ADHD consider setting up a very structured and consistent driving schedule to provide them with as much practice as possible. Be certain when you are driving to model good driving behavior.
You may even want to take this opportunity to practice mindful driving with your teenager. See some mindful driving tips here.
In addition to increased driving time, Play Attention can help your teen develop the skills they need to be a skilled driver. Play Attention improves the following cognitive areas that can assist your teen to become a more aware and safer driver:
- Sustained attention
- Ability to filter distractions
- Impulse control
- Working memory
- Spatial memory
- Processing speed
- Visual tracking
- Auditory processing
- Executive function
- And more...
Call now to chat with one of our attention specialists. We can customize a plan that will help you reach your goals through improving attention, executive function, and self-regulation.