A Midwest driving school has created a driving school specifically to improve driving skills that ADHD drivers tend to overlook so as to cut down on traffic violations and improve driver safety. This program teaches drivers the unwritten rules of the road to ensure a smoother driving experience for ADHD drivers and the drivers around them.
A mother of a current student in the program said, “My son and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this unique behind-the-wheel program designed specifically for driving students with ADHD,” she said. “The specially trained instructors ensure he has the knowledge and skills to become a safe driver taking into consideration his challenges with attention and focus.”
Gayle Sweeney and Ann Shanahan are ADHD and executive functioning coaches who developed “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” in partnership with Top Driver to cater to ADHD drivers and others with executive functioning disorders.
Sweeney and Stranahan use their expertise to share ADHD strengths and weaknesses in a tailored driver program.
“There is a large portion of our community that, until now has not had the opportunity to complete driver education in an educational setting that is most effective for their needs,” said Jim Mihalovich, director of curriculum and training at Top Driver. “We at Top Driver pride ourselves on teaching driver intelligence, and understand that the process in acquiring and utilizing this intelligence requires differentiation for those who learn differently.”
The integrated program (Top Driver Specialized Driver Education Program) creates new cognitive routines and provides specific skill training aimed at ADHD drivers.
“It is critical that driver training incorporate what is known about the risks for adverse events posed by ADHD and how to best manage them,” said Russell Barkley, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina.
The program, which started this past August, provides ADHD drivers with lessons such as no tailgating or blocking intersections and reminders such as not driving with hazard lights on while remembering to use turn signals and drive slower to the right and faster to the left.
Top Driver has more than 65 locations throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Top Driver offers driver education courses for teens and adults at its locations as well as online. For more information visit www.topdriver.com.