April 1, 2016

Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are worse drivers than their peers who don’t have ADHD — and texting only compounds their problems on the road, a new study shows.

What’s more, texting behind the wheel is so distracting it makes normal teens drive as poorly as those who have ADHD, underscoring the danger to any driver of trying to text and operate a car at the same time, the researchers noted.

“Texting is on a different order of magnitude compared to other distractions. It’s a concern for teens across the board, and kids with ADHD are at that much greater risk,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park.

Adesman has studied the problem of texting and driving in teens…

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