TIPS FOR TEENS Behind the Wheel
How to keep yourself out of harm’s way
Take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor. The use of medications for ADHD has been found to improve driving performance in teens with ADHD. The medication decreases errors caused by inattentiveness.
Turn OFF your cell phone. If it’s off you won’t be tempted to answer it or text while driving or at a light. There is no message that is so urgent you need to die for it.
Drive alone or with only one friend. Your friends are fun, but they are distracting. Driving alone is the safest. If you have company – keep it to one friend. The more friends you have the more distractions.
Set all the controls before you start to drive so you can focus on the road
Set the radio station
Set the climate controls
Adjust the mirrors
Slow down – drive within the speed limit
Do you need to be convinced?
Check out the statistics:
Accidents – Teens with ADHD
4 – 6 times more likely to have traffic accidents
3 times as likely to have injuries
4 times more likely to be at fault
6 – 8 times more likely to have their license suspended
Speeding – Teens with ADHD
Have 3 times as many speeding citations