Teens who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (“ADHD”) stray out of their lanes while driving for much longer and maintain inconsistent speeds, compared to normal teenagers. However, those driving deficiencies amplify when teenagers are texting while driving. ADHD teens who are texting while driving have substantially reduced driving abilities that can place them at risk of being involved in a fatal or serious accident.
Those findings came from a study of 15 normal teenagers as well as teenagers with ADHD. According to the study, even normal teenagers have a risk of being involved in an accident that is four times as high as for the general population. This is already a high-risk category of drivers, and when you introduce a condition like ADHD, it makes for a very dangerous situation.
The researchers were specifically looking at comparing driving skills in teenagers with ADHD with teenagers who do not suffer from the condition. They expected to see that texting while driving would increase the risk of an accident for a teenager with ADHD. However, they were not prepared to find that texting while driving significantly and dramatically increased the accident risk for both normal teens as well as teens with ADHD.
In fact, they found that when texting was introduced into a driving situation for a teenage driver, even a normal teenager with no symptoms of ADHD was likely to drive just as badly as a teenager with ADHD.
ADHD is a common medical condition in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one in 10 children and adolescents in the country have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Overall, the participants in the study who had ADHD showed the greatest amount of variability in lane position and speed during the driving experiment. Teens who suffer from the condition strayed out of the lane 3.3% of the time, and 1.8% of the time when they were not texting. However motorists who did not suffer from ADHD strayed out of the lane approximately 2% of the time while they were texting, and less than 1% of the time when they were not texting.
What really stands out from the study is how much texting while driving impairs a teenage motorist’s driving risks, regardless of his medical condition.
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