ADHD and Driving

  • Joseph Sadek


Clinical studies indicate that young drivers with untreated or sub-optimally treated ADHD have between two to four time as many Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) and moving violations than a comparable non-ADHD population. These morbidities are seen independent of comorbidity. The problem profile commonly indicates Driving Anger or Road Rage. The presence of comorbid substance use disorders and ADHD significantly magnifies problem driving risks. There is a continuum of neurodevelopmental immaturities in executive control accompanied by lack of driving experience in many young drivers that underlie deficient cognitive processes related to problems with attention, impulse control and emotional regulation leading to problem driving styles. These neurodevelopmental compromises are more pronounced in ADHD populations.


Stimulant Medication Adult ADHD ADHD Patient Motor Vehicle Collision Young Driver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Sadek
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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