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Old 02-27-16, 03:14 PM
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Re: Driving?

Being able to drive is a useful skill, though less necessary in places where there are viable alternatives for getting around (on foot, bike, public transit, etc.).

On average, people with ADHD (especially untreated) are more likely to get into car accidents than other people. Impulsivity, distractibility, and inattention are usually big factors there. People whose ADHD comes with other disabilities, including difficulty with spatial skills (judging space and distance), motor skills (planning and carrying out movements), poor eyesight, etc., may have a harder time mastering driving skills or driving safely.

Having passengers in the car and using devices (like phones/texting) tend to worsen most people's driving, but for ADHDers the combination can be especially dangerous because we are less able to multitask effectively than other people -- and most people aren't very good at it in the first place.

All of that said, many people with ADHD (and other conditions) do learn to drive and can do so safely. (There was even a long-time member here who found success as a commercial truck driver!)

Some people with ADHD have reported that they prefer driving cars with a manual transmission because the tactile feedback helps them focus; others (including me) have learned to drive cars with automatic transmission.

If you're motivated to learn to drive, and it would improve your life to be able to do so, then it's probably worth taking lessons and practicing. It may be difficult and scary at first, but that's normal. (A car is a large and potentially dangerous machine!)

If the driving lessons are successful -- great! you will have a new skill and possibly another option for travel. If they don't -- it's nothing to be ashamed of. As others have said, and I would guess it's true in much of Greece -- there are other ways to get around, some of which are better for the environment and for health than driving a car.

Best wishes!
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