Distractions that often occur while driving like fave song on the radio or the cell phone could be more damaging to ADHD sufferers and could lead to a car crash. As a group, young ADHD drivers are two to four times more likely to have a car accident than non-ADHD drivers.

Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System have put their minds at improving these odds. They will look at the effects of methylphenidate (MPH), a controlled-release stimulant, on young ADHD drivers facing real-life distractions.

Previous studies found long- acting MPH more effective to extended-release amphetamine salts in helping young ADHD drivers pay attention and have fewer driving mishaps while on the road. The studies also showed that young ADHD driver operate better when driving cars with manual transmissions rather than automatic transmissions.
The researchers are hoping to determine the benefits of MPH during routine, daily driving.

Driving performances will be measured by a device called DriveCam. This video system will be mounted inside the vehicle and will measure and record all audio visual signals. When there is a marked change in driving force, DriveCam will store the 10 seconds before the change and the 20 seconds following the change. In this six months study, the participants will receive MPH administered through a patch.

The information received from the study will help young ADHD drivers decide what approach may be best for them.