Are you confident that you can watch the road while texting—and have ADHD? In fact, the research might say otherwise—even if you do not have ADHD.
Gauge Your Distraction
How about taking a spin behind this stimulator (below) for some objective feedback.
New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. This game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. (The link takes you to The New York Times website; the game requires Flash.)
Regardless of your results, experts say, you should not attempt to text when driving. Research shows that most drivers consider themselves “higher than average” drivers. Those numbers don’t add up—and neither do some drivers’ ability to self-assess.
ADHD and Driving
When it comes to poorly managed ADHD, the risks to driving safety are well known—and well documented.
Consider the results of one 2005 study by a pioneering researcher in this area, psychologist Russell Barkley, and colleagues. Echoing many other studies, the group diagnosed with ADHD showed these outcomes:
- Higher rate of collisions
- Used fewer safe-driving behaviors in lab simulators
- Higher incidence of speeding tickets
- Rated themselves lower in the use of safe driving behaviors
- Higher total driving citations in their driving history
Back in 2005, however, few people were texting. Now, it’s almost ubiquitous. That aspect has not been studied—yet.
More Posts on ADHD and Driving
You’ll find here some facts and figures and an excerpt from my book chapter on driving (in Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.):
Here, in my online book club, Taylor J. writes about her perspective on ADHD and driving, from the perspective of a woman in a dual-ADHD marriage (diagnosed later in life):