Questions to Consider When Determining Driving Readiness

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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?

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Last Updated: April 10, 2017

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