Individuals diagnosed with ADHD can suffer from deficits that can range from initiating, stopping and sustaining behaviors. They may experience deficits in visual perceptual skills, difficulty regulating behaviors and mood, as well as difficulty concentrating and organizing information. Any one of these deficits could result in unsafe driving.
According to information found on ADED’s website the following are warning signs that ADD or ADHD is interfering with safe driving:
- Doesn’t observe signs/signals
- Slow to respond to traffic lights
- Failure to yield right of way
- Multiple minor accidents
- Drifting while driving
- Impaired eye/hand/foot coordination
- Speed fluctuations / inappropriate speeds
- Unable to focus with distractions and driving
- Does not observe all areas of the vehicle before driving in reverse
- Difficulty with interpreting traffic environments/does not anticipate dangerous situations
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these situations; you should discuss them with your physician and consider a comprehensive driving evaluation. A pre-driving assessment for new drivers is also recommended.
At the Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality individualized services, so that together we will find the best solution to meet your unique driving and community mobility needs. Our goal is to maximize your independence allowing you to reach your greatest potential.
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