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Behind the Wheel With ADHD: Advice to Young Drivers With ADHD, Their Parents, and Their Physicians

  • Authors: Betsy Busch, MD
  • CME Released: 6/10/2010
  • Valid for credit through: 6/10/2011, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for psychiatrists and primary care providers including pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the care and advising of children and adolescents with ADHD and their parents.

The goal of this activity is to provide guidance for discussions with young drivers with ADHD, to support and enable safe driving practices.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of ADHD on driving performance
  2. Discuss how pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of ADHD can improve safe driving skills and thus reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle accidents
  3. Formulate a safe driving guideline for young drivers with ADHD


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  • Betsy Busch, MD

    Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


    Disclosure: Betsy Busch, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Owns stock, stock options or bonds from: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.

    Dr. Busch intends to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
    Dr. Busch does not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.


  • Priscilla Scherer

    Scientific Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Priscilla Scherer has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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  • Laurie E. Scudder, DNP, NP

    Accreditation Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education Department, Medscape, LLC; Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Nurse Practitioner, School-Based Health Centers, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland


    Disclosure: Laurie E. Scudder, DNP, NP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Behind the Wheel With ADHD: Advice to Young Drivers With ADHD, Their Parents, and Their Physicians

Authors: Betsy Busch, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 6/10/2010

Valid for credit through: 6/10/2011, 11:59 PM EST


Resources For Families

Information, Articles, and Brochures for Parents and Teens

  1. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Questions & Answers: Teenagers. Washington, DC: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Available at:
  2. Articles from the "Great Schools" Website:
    1. When teens with AD/HD are learning to drive: parent strategies. Available at:
    2. Keeping licensed teen drivers with AD/HD Safe: Parent Strategies. Available at:
    3. Teen drivers with AD/HD: realities and risk factors. Available at:
    4. Teaching kids with LD to drive: a complex family matter. Available at:
  3. LD Online. ADHD basics: teenagers with ADHD. Available at:
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Teen Drivers: A comprehensive approach to teen driver safety. Available at:
  5. US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statistics and facts about distracted driving. Available at:
  6. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Beginning teenage drivers(a brochure for parents). Arlington, Va: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Available at:
  7. Virginia Driving Safety Lab. ADHD and teen driving. This is an on-line, interactive questionnaire for teens that asks them to reflect on their own driving, and then provides them with great information about driving risks and how to minimize them. Highly recommended. Available at: (Free registration provided to access Website.)

Video and DVD Products for Purchase

  1. American Automobile Association. Driver-Zed 3.0. Interactive DVD filmed from the driver's perspective; exposes teens to a range of risks and allows them to practice safe driving in a computer gaming format. Cost: $24.95. Available at:
  2. AAA's Teaching Your Teens to Drive: A Partnership for Survival. Illustrated handbook and video helps parents provide supervised driving experiences to novice drivers. An interactive CD–ROM is available. Cost: $29.95 to AAA members. More information is available at:

Examples of Teen-Parent Driving Contracts

  1. "Checkpoints" Program. Parent-teen driving agreement. Available at:
  2. American Automobile Association.
    1. Parent-teen driving agreement. Excellent list of rules, very detailed and complete, 6 pages. Available at:
    2. Parent guidelines regarding novice drivers. Available for download at:
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. parent-teen driving contract. Available at:
  4. Connecticut Teen Driving Safety Partnership. Parent-teen driving contract. Available at:
  5. Travelers Insurance Company. Teen-parent driving contract. Available at:
  6. Parenting Teen Drivers
    1. Dr. Wisely's most comprehensive, free teen driving contract. Available at:
    2. There is an associated Webpage giving parents guidelines for how to use the teen driving contract prudently. Available at:
  7. The new driver car control clinic - teen driver contract. Available at:
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