ADHD Teen Driver Evaluation and Training Tool Development

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers age 15-20 in the U.S. Researchers have looked extensively at the causes of young driver crashes. They find that teens are less likely to pay attention to forward roadways, are less likely to anticipate a hazard, and have difficulty controlling driving behaviors such as speeding. While many teens struggle with self-regulation as well as developmental limitations, teens with cognitive disabilities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have additional challenges. The focus of this proposal is on: (a) the identification of the differences in the driving skills of ADHD novice drivers and neurotypical (NT) novice drivers, especially the skills of hazard anticipation, attention maintenance and hazard mitigation and (b) the development and evaluation of a training program targeted at the ADHD novice driver. The safety of our roadways needs to be guaranteed for all populations, not just the NT population. Differences will be analyzed on a driving simulator, an environment which is safe and has proven already that it can reveal differences between a number of different populations of drivers. The training program will complement already successful training programs for novice NT drivers, building on the large literature that bears on the teaching of ADHD students in schools many of the skills that will be critical for driving. In summary, this research will provide a greater understanding of ADHD as it relates to the driving task and both develop and evaluate a training program designed to build more advanced driving skills in the ADHD or neurologically challenged novice teen driver.

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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $199650.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20120602
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39217

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01556876
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-16A
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 13 2015 1:00AM