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Driving With ADHD

what's driving you?
it’s more than distraction …

Do you have ADHD? Do you drive a vehicle? Are you safe doing that?

There are obvious problems for us when we’re behind the wheel.

The big one is obviously distraction. We are the kings and queens of distraction. I’m actually the Man of DistrAction, so yes, I’m aware of the situation.

But there’s more, apparently.

Did you know?

There are correlations between anxiety and ADHD and driving. Why? I don’t know. I just know that it’s part of the driving ability assessment.

And of course, when we think about it, there are issues with impulsivity. We tend to be risk takers.

And that manifests how?

The primary manifestation is speeding. We are all either driving like Mario Andretti or we’re using part of our attention to keep our inner Mario in check.

Risk taking also manifests itself in taking chances at intersections and when passing other vehicles.

Part of our rapid fire minds is always at work calculating odds of risks, until we realize that we need to go and then we stop calculating and just hope we didn’t miss anything.

I can’t take much more …

The next thing we need to be aware of is that we are prone to frustration when behind the wheel. When stepping on the gas will make us go, and we have some place we want to be, and there’s nothing in the vehicle that is physically stopping us from stepping on the gas, being caught in traffic is like standing in a really long grocery store line. It sucks!

And frustration leads to anger. And yes, we are apparently predisposed to angry driving.

I wouldn’t have thought this to be an issue for me, until recently. I’ve noticed my partner trying to calm me when I’m behind the wheel, and I’m unable to say I’m not fuming a little. Well, I can say it, but I can’t sell it, because I realize I don’t believe it.

In a perfect world …

Have you ever been driving along and started thinking that in a perfect world all these people who are in front of you would be driving as fast as you want to drive? Has it occurred to you that if they were in self driving cars they’d be able to keep up? Have you wondered what it would be like to be able to zip in and out of traffic while the rest of the denizens of the highway sat calmly reading their papers while their cars drove them to their destinations?

If you have had this happen, let me just say … STOP IT!!!

You’re daydreaming and you’re supposed to be driving.

And yes …

That’s another known issue.

We have a much higher likelihood of having been in one or more accidents if we drive with ADHD. And I’ve had my share of those.

In fact, the description of what is likely to be part of the driving career of someone with ADHD reads like the outline of a non-fiction book about my driving life.

But fortunately for me, there is a positive effect on our lives and on our driving when we know what to be on the lookout for.

And I’m now on the lookout for positive effects. Drive on.

Driving With ADHD

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). Driving With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from


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