4X the Accidents
Young adults with the disorder have as many as four times the number of accidents
Parents of teenagers with ADHD have more to think about before their child gets behind the wheel of a car. Young adults with the disorder have as many as four times the number of accidents as those who don’t have the condition. That's cause for concern, but it doesn't mean you need to keep your kid out of the driver's seat. Just take some precautions.
Medication is Crucial
Make Sure Your Teen Has Taken ADHD Medications
Prescription drugs help most kids with ADHD focus their attention and curb their impulsive habits. That's crucial for safe driving, says University of Virginia professor of psychiatric medicine Daniel Cox, PhD. If your child responds well to her ADHD medication, then "driving and medication should go hand in hand,"
Don't risk getting them caught between doses when behind the wheel.
Research shows long-acting forms of stimulant medications, whether a patch or a pill, do the best job of keeping a teen's eyes on the road. These once-a-day meds benefit your child all day and into the evening. Shorter-acting medications leave the risk of being caught between doses when behind the wheel. Different people respond to different medications. So you, your teen, and their doctor should work together to find the one that's the right fit.
Are they Ready
How's Your Teen's Maturity?
Is he Ready to handle the responsibility?
They might be old enough to drive, but You’ll need to figure out your kid’s ability to:
- make sound judgments,
- control impulsive behavior,
- learn and obey the rules of the road,
There's no test that shows whether a teen with ADHD is ready to drive. But life-skills tests, given by a psychologist or another health professional, can help get a read on a teen's decision-making level. They might be able to master the skills taught in a classroom, but if they lack good judgment, a driver's license should wait. It may be tough to tell your teen that she isn’t ready to drive, but it may be the right thing to do. Good Luck and when you finally make that decision heres 5 tips for ADHD and Driving