Driving Rules for Teens with ADHD

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a type of brain disorder. The symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity may see with the patients. ADHD interferes with brain development may cause with dysfunctioning or normal development. If you Suspect that your child may suffer from ADHD (also known as ADD) can be shocking news for a family. It can also be treated normally. But you have to relax and peaceful with the teenager child of yours. Parenting a child with ADHD can be a tough job. But there are 11% of kids ages 4 to 17 in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. So learning as much as you can about ADHD is the primary step to getting your child the help he needs to grow up like a normal person in society.


When your teenaged son or daughter starts driving, your concern about their health and safety in a motor vehicle is very much alright. The possible risks are mainly road accident. But while driving violence from another driver can cause serious injury. And also the mental harassment or bullying the child is also harmful to them. You should inform your children about the risks of driving and how to drive safely. And if your teen has ADHD symptoms, the most important things you can do is to teach and inform them well about the outside world. It may decrease the chances of driving related hazards for your son or daughter.


You should send him a driving learner school first because drivers with ADHD have poor driving than other teenagers. The reason behind it is ADHD’s symptoms of distractibility, inattention, and impulsivity. Compared with other teens, your teen with ADHD is at greater risk for vehicle accidents. And they may break several traffic rules. That may lead them to a huge fine and the cancellation of driving license. In a comparison with the normal teen drivers, the symptoms of ADHD in a teen driver may decrease the driver’s ability to drive safely and lack of judgments. The fact is young people with ADHD are pointed for crash and fatality statistics than their non-ADHD drivers. Because they have some difficulties in executive motor function, bad reflex, poor judgment. They have some aggressive level of risk taking or thrill seeking tendencies. These should increase risks of car accidents. Your teen may be a good driver, but when the natural instincts kick in, the driving experiences can be seen in the chart to the danger level than other teenage drivers.


But there is always a solution to help your teen develop safe driving habits. This is essential for their own safety, as well as the safety of his passengers and other drivers and pedestrians on the street. Research shows that teens treated for ADHD can be better drivers than teens receiving no treatment. Teenagers who have never been treated with any kind of stimulant medication are involved in more car accidents than those who had taken or be the part of medication treatment for several years.

Your teen needs to teach you that driving is a privilege, not a right for him. There is law by states to ensure that every driver knows how to operate the vehicle and must pass the licensing exam. You should discuss your teen’s privileges to drive within the context of overall his ADHD treatment. They have to be in some kind of treatment stage before they get the keys to the car. You should teach them by setting expectations and rules for your teen to follow for safe driving. Your teen may think that as a rude behave of yours, but you know that from inside you are just parents caring for your son or daughter.


There are a few things to know before you hand over the keys of a car to your loving child. Try to keep a log of each driving experience. They should medication as prescribed and also fill out the log-book every trip while driving. They should the GPS navigation on the car. GPS will help them find the best way from start to destination. GPS device will give you the best-calculated arrival time. This reduces the tension related your children. They should not eat or use the cell phone for a text or receiving calls. If an emergency comes, the car should be stopped in the side lane. They can enjoy the music while driving, but they have to keep music volume low if they use radio you may preset some radio stations for music or news or weather channel. Tell them not allowed to enter other teens in the car. The final thing, your son or daughter is in teen age now; ask them not to take alcohol or other intoxicants material while driving. If any emergency comes, they should call the police or ask near by petrol car for the help of any kind. You should use a GPS tracker on your car to monitor your children. This is the best idea when you are not physically with them. Some trackers have a function of controlling car speed, roaming area control like that. This will be handy for you. Your Android or iPhone mobile can easily have the necessary app installed. There will be no need to purchase another display device for that.


The final thing is- you may allow another person beside a teen to accompany your children while driving. Two persons are better than one, especially if one person is suffering from ADHD brain syndrome. The other person may act as the copilot and can take care of things like any kind of driving hazards. This is also recommended for other young drivers who are not suffering from ADHD when they are traveling long distances. Some Hollywood movies can show car chase and high-speed driving. This is an unnecessary risk for driving. Talk to your child, if they have affection on that kind of movie and implement that in real life. You should talk your teen and talk more about keeping a schedule and how to be the master of time management. Your teen is mature enough to understand you and they are also mature enough to shoulder the responsibility of driving by not take unnecessary risks at all. Life is not a movie. There are no second chances or retake in life. Your movie bug child should understand that.