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Teen Driving and ADHD

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Teen driving can be a anxious time for most parents. If your teen child has ADHD, you may be even more concerned. There are some important facts and tips you need to know before letting your child behind the wheel.

A recent statistic showed that teens with ADHD are 4 times more likely to be in a car accident than Non-ADHD peers. Authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). View more.

A study in JAMA Pediatrics reports that ADHD teens drive at a less consistent speed and spend more time out of their lane than young drivers without ADHD. Texting while driving can make this a deadly combination.

"Adolescents in that age range tend to have four times the rate of motor vehicle accidents (as adults), so it's a particularly high-risk group that only gets more high-risk if you have an ADHD diagnosis," Jeff Epstein, the study's senior author and director of the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said.

It's intelligent to avoid using a cellphone in the car if you are an ADHD person. It's likely a very good idea to minimize its use even if you don't have ADHD as texting and driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.

Additude Magazine has provided many good driving tips for ADHD teens and adults. Here are just a few:

Enroll in a defensive driving course.
Limit distraction.
Make things right before you drive.
Always use cruise control.
Use GPS wisely.
Get a copilot.

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