This list of questions was developed by autism and driving safety researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to assist teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – and their parents – who are considering driving. We recommend you discuss these questions as a family and with your team of support professionals, including your physician:
- Do you feel you/ your teen or young adult consistently demonstrates good judgment and maturity at school, around peers, and at home?
- Are you/ your teen receptive to constructive criticism and instruction?
- Do you/ your teen demonstrate knowledge of the rules of the road and other skills taught in driver education classes? If not, does you need specialized instruction or a driving assessment?
- Are you/ your teen agreeable to practicing driving with a skilled adult prior to driving independently? If so, is there an adult who is willing and able to serve in this important role?
- Previous research showed that teens with ASD were more likely to be licensed when they had a parent who had previously taught a teen to drive.
- Are there any medical or behavioral conditions (such as significant visual impairment) that may prevent you/your teen from driving safely?
- Are there medical interventions that may be needed to ensure safe driving behaviors, such as treatment with ADHD medication if you/your teen has symptoms of ADHD?
- DRIVING AND AUTISM FROM A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE
- DRIVING IN TEENS WITH AUTISM, FROM CHOP’S CENTER FOR INJURY RESEARCH AND PREVENTION
- THE CHALLENGE OF DRIVING WITH ASPERGER’S, FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
- DRIVEWISE AND DRIVEADVISE, FROM THE BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER
- DRIVING AND AUTISM
- FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH DRIVING IN TEENS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER