Should I be concerned that my teen with ADHD is driving?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
When teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start driving, they are at greater risk of accidents. In fact, they are almost four times as likely to have an accident as a teen without ADHD. They also get three times more speeding tickets.

These worrisome statistics mean that parents of teens with ADHD may need to set limits on how their children drive. To help prevent accidents, insist that your teen wears a seatbelt and knows the rules of the road. You may also set rules that include no phone calls or texting while driving, no music while behind the wheel, and no friends as passengers.

Parents may need to spend extra time driving with their ADHD teen even after he gets his license. Having an adult in the car during this period seems to help prevent accidents later.

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