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Old 02-28-12, 12:04 PM
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Driving - impact of ADD on it...

I saw in Delivered from Distraction mention that ADDer's are more at risk of car accidents and generally have more of an issue with driving (i.e. missing exits, driving too fast, etc).

Just wondering if people could comment more about their driving experiences. I am learning more about ADD. My EX recently started driving/got her full license and she would complain about difficulty driving on the highway and especially at night and at the time it made no sense to me. She was talking like that her difficulties were due to the surroundings around her (tractor trailer/rain/etc) and I thought it had to do with her inexperience of driving but now based on knowing the symptoms of ADD I think it is more ADD related as I can relate it back to other stories she told me as well. Just curious if people here were late to get their drivers license, have issues driving, need a GPS to get around, etc. She didn't really even know the streets of her own town and again at the time it really confused me but I understand it so much better now.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Hmmm driving. lol
Well I got my license when I turned 16 - I was happy to get it. But I had already had my first accident before that. During driver's ed, I mixed up the gas and the break while parking my dad's car and plowed into a flower shop window next door to the driver's ed place.
But fortunately the other big issues I had after that were not my fault. My sr. yr in high school, a younger student hit me in the high school parking lot. And several years ago i had some sort of blow-out and ended up running the front part of my car in to the ground.

But as far as distracted driving goes - I'm honestly surprised that I haven't had an accident. I've gotten close several times. I've missed exits a lot and gotten lost a lot. Thank God for GPS and mapquest on my phone - but even with that I still miss exits and think I know better than the GPS directions and end up wasting time. lol. And I've hit my fair share of curbs, especially while turning. Its sad.
But I am still more afraid of the other drivers and how distracted they are more than me. Knowing that people are texting and talking on their phones and on who knows what drugs, etc. I try not to think about it while I'm driving or I would have major anxiety!
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

I dont consider myself a bad driver, but I do miss important details like..trying to make it home on a flat tire, getting pulled over and charged with being stupid. Or driving my hubbys pickup backing into afence,not realizing it and driving home, only to have the police show up. Yup, I just let him drive.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Like everything else with ADHD everyone is different. Don't assume it's one thing. Take a look at driving habits. If she never properly learned to drive than that can be a problem.

It sounds more like anxiety in her case a common comorbid condition. Is she shy and hesitant about things or strong and brassy?

Is she better driving with or without other people? She may be upset by criticism or anticipation thereof.

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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Yes, my ADD affects my driving for sure. Everytime I am driving I echo to myself: "watch, watch, be careful, be careful". This mechanism really helps. I also forget to turn on the head lights when its dark sometimes. Also when it's freezing and when I have to put the car in gear instead of the handbreak, I forget this when I start the engine; very scary when I start the engine then without pressing the clutch.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

My pychyatrist told me , that ADHD people are 80% more likely to be involved in a car accident and she said that most young people prefer straterra because it helps concentration for driving ( not in my case )
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

I don't get in the drivers seat if my brain is not working.

When my brain is working I am fine with driving. Only 1 speeding ticket and no accidents since I got my licence in 1992.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

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When my brain is working I am fine with driving. Only 1 speeding ticket and no accidents since I got my licence in 1992.
That is just so... wrong!!!

I have had my license pulled in all 3 provinces I have lived in plus the state of Maine, all for speeding infractions plus one or two other infractions (rolling a stop sign too quickly, etc.).

I still get nabbed every few years but am much better than I was.

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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

ive only started driving last week, i have problems with stopping, turns, and other such things...dont use the power of suggestion to make me worse! ahahahahaha...i joke. but i guess im average for a beginner driver i guess.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Haha, driving... man oh man.
I'm a decent driver. But I've almost got into so many accidents, it's crazy. I accidently almost hit a person once because I got the gas confused with the brake... My car did a 360 degree turn in the highway because I was trying to type something in my GPS and I got too close to the car next to me, and then turned my wheel too fast, the tire busted and I lost control of the car... thank GOD no one was behind me, and nothing happened except for one bad tire. Sometimes I go into park my car, but forget to actually put the car on park, but I usually catch myself once I feel the car moving...I've hit a parked (not too hard to leave damage) car before... I miss my exit occasionally because I so wrapped up my own thoughts. But I've only had 2 accidents in my life, and both were not my fault... I've gotten about 5 speeding tickets, but none on my record because I've taken driver's ed, out "fought" them in court.... Sometimes I don't even realize I'm speeding, it just kind of happens... I'm pretty sure God is on my side when I drive. I have pretty high anxiety when I drive now because of this... but I suppose that helps, because I pay more attention.
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I can't believe that I saw this post! I was just getting online to talk about the same thing. Also, I am sorry for hijacking your post with my long response.

In my work truck, we have a "nifty" thing called DriveCam. This is a dashboard camera kind of like they have in police cars. The only difference is that it doesn't record all of the time. It is always on but only records 10 seconds before and after and "event" activates it.

The camera activated when it feels a force of 3 g's. Like I said, it'll record the 10 seconds before and after than then upload to DriveCam. If in the clip, you are doing something "coachable", such as looking at the computer, talking on the phone (handsfree or not), tailgating,and many other things, that it a "coachable" event.

If you have 8 "coacable" events in 45 days, you will be fired. I just finished my probation period with the DriveCam since I just got the job.

I just found out that I have had the most "coachable" clips in a company of about 3,000 employees during the last 45 days. I had 13. Most people had one, the next highest in our state has like 6. All of the clips were caused by me braking or turing around a corner to fast. Five of them caught me running stop signs (which I wouldn't do if I were paying attention) and the rest were of me looking at the computer. In some of the clips, I was even typing while I was driving. 2mph but still driving. I'm glad they haven't seen me typing while on the freeway, with BOTH hands no less.

The last few days, since I found out how bad I was doing, I have been trying really hard to pay attention to the road in stead of other things. The problem with paying attention to the road is that it's not stimulating. I get really bored just driving.

I also didn't realize how distracted I was in my driving. It will take a lot of work to get used to driving like a non-ADDer.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Apart from my major addident which wasn't aDHD related, my driving has always been quite good. But I have to have music up fairly loud. It can't be any music, it has to be rock/pop that I can sing along to. I find that loud music keeps my attention from straying too much. i feel like it creates a kind of wall either side of me so it helps me focus my attention on the road. If I can sing along it stops my brain going into overdrive and thinking about hundreds of things at the same time. I do have to turn it right down if I need more focus, like doing a parallel park, which seems weird to me.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

It took me over a year to learn how to drive. I found it incredibly difficult and everything costs an extortionate amount here in the UK. The average amount of driving lessons is around 45 hours. I think I did 160-180. That is a lot! Believe me.

Nothing just 'came' to me, everything was a challenge.

But I'm happy. Those 180 hours have made me an excellent driver. I can park and maneuver in the tightest of gaps. Although driving in America and driving in the UK are completely different.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

Funny you should mention that. Check out my avitar. Enough said.

Learners permit at 14 - backed into my driver's education teacher's car, parallell parking. Hey, I was just learning.
Driver's license at 15 - first accident - in a parking lot, couldn't tell where the other car was going to go. Didn't think to just stop.
Too many other's to calculate since then, if you count all the bumps and dings. (not all of them have been my fault) One common theme: encounters with stationary objects; thinking I cleared them or not seeing them at all and looking the other way.
To be fair, I've avoided many more accident's than I have had.
To be honest, the one's I've had have been mainly not paying attention or being distracted.
Interesting point, I drive much better in bad weather (only 2 on icy roads, not at fault) or emergency situations, I think because it demands my attention.
Now that I'm aware of ADD, I'm more careful to pay attention in casual driving and reduce the number of distractions.

PS: There may be additional issues for your EX. Big trucks, lots of traffic could be distractions to anyone. Night time is more difficult to see, or night blindeness could be in play.
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Re: Driving - impact of ADD on it...

I was just going to post this. I had my third accident in a year. I was wondering how other ADHD adults handle driving. It is to the point I don't want to drive anymore. (Not really an option I live in the country.) I'm just sick.
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