Trouble on the Road: The Dangers of Teens with ADD/ADHD Driving

by on March 15th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Most parents cringe the day their son or daughter can rightfully take over the car keys, worried about the potential consequences of their teen’s new-found freedom and inexperience.

Drivers of all ages have a plethora of distractions (literally) at their fingertips—from texting, eating, changing music, talking and dealing with multiple passengers. These activities can be disastrous enough on their own, but combined with ADD/ADHD, pose even greater risk to the teen driver and others on the road.

Research from the Medical University of South Carolina showed that people with ADD/ADHD are four times more likely to speed and two to three times more likely to be involved in an accident. Impatience and impulsive actions are most often to blame.

Many teens will argue that they’re not part of the reckless majority, and do not want to be lectured on safe driving. However, it is vital that ADD/ADHD personalities be given extra attention and instruction when allowed to drive.

Simply removing the obvious distractions really isn’t enough (and will they listen anyway?), but rather properly managing symptoms of ADD/ADHD, communicating and enforcing your rules and expectations are the keys to helping this growing problem.

Talking to your teen can be difficult for some parents, as they don’t want to be too stern or worse, too much of a pushover. Keep in mind:

  • Choosing a good time to talk. As with any serious conversations, make sure it’s at an appropriate time for both of you, so attention is undivided and message is clear.
  • Building listening skills. So simple yet often forgotten, understanding your teen’s point of view can help build trust and communication.

In combination with a healthy lifestyle, natural remedies can help children to maintain healthy consistent behavior, clear focus, and optimum performance by providing a sound platform to support wellness and vitality. This can help keep teens thinking clearly, therefore providing them with improved ability to make the best decisions, in and out of the car.

Research shows that both ADD and ADHD are considered the same condition. Although the term ADD is still used by the public to identify a subset of ADHD, ADHD is the proper medical terminology for people with attention disorders whether they display signs of hyperactivity or not. In our posts when we use the term ADHD, we are also referring to ADD and vice versa.

BrightSparkis a homeopathic remedy that relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children and teens with attention problems.

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