Brief report: driving and young adults with ASD: parents' experiences

J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Oct;42(10):2257-62. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1470-7.


A paucity of research exists regarding driving skills and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The current study sought to gain a better understanding of driving and ASD by surveying parents/caregivers of adolescents/young adults with ASD who were currently attempting, or had previously attempted, to learn to drive. Respondents included 123 parents/caregivers of adolescents/young adults with ASD. The results indicate that learning to drive presents a substantial challenge for individuals with ASD; complex driving demands (e.g., multi-tasking) may be particularly problematic. Respondents provided suggestions that may be useful to others who seek to teach these skills. The survey results offer guidance for next steps in the study of driving with ASD.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology*
  • Automobile Driving*
  • Child
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires