Teens With ADHD More Likely to Text While Driving

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For a teenager with ADHD, life is full of distractions and temptations that steal their focus away. A recent study shows that teens who suffer from ADHD are even more likely to be involved in dangerous auto accidents due to texting and driving.Teens as a group are already at an increased risk of distracted driving accidents, and an ADHD diagnosis only compounds those risks.

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. It makes a car crash up to 23 times more likely. To an already distracted teen driver with ADHD, the temptation is even greater than for someone who is not prone to distraction. If you have a teen with ADHD, be aware that they will face more distraction than their peers. Here are some tips to help them remember to focus:

  • Draw up a “Text Free Driving” contract and have your teen sign it with the understanding that if the contract is violated, their driving privileges will be revoked.
  • Even if your teen already has a mental health therapist, find a Costa Mesa Counseling Center and find out about group therapy for teens. Identifying with people their own age will be beneficial, and they may meet someone who has been affected by texting and driving.
  • Provide a wearable reminder, such as a wristband, that your teen must wear while driving to help them focus.