Driving Evaluation

WEEKLY COMMUNICATOR (300 x 100 px) (200 × 100 px) (1)

FACTS

  • A driving evaluation must be ordered by a provider.
  • A licensed third party conducts an unbiased evaluation. No medical information is provided to the evaluator.
  • An occupational therapist conducts an assessment at a therapy center. It is not an on-road driving test.
  • Depending on the results, an on-road driving test may be recommended.
  • The test is not covered by insurance. Payment is required at time of service.
  • The driving evaluation takes approximately two hours.

PREPARATION

  • Adequate rest
  • No recent changes to medications
  • No recent surgery or medical procedures

DRIVING EVALUATION COMPONENTS

  • Driving history
  • Physical assessment
    • Joint range of motion
    • Muscle strength
    • Eye-hand and eye-foot coordination
    • Sensation
    • Balance
  • Test of visual-perceptual skills
  • Vision screening
    • Near and far acuity
    • Color blindness
    • Peripheral vision
    • Depth perception
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Reaction time test
  • Knowledge and recognition of road signs

RESULTS

  • The occupational therapist will provide results to the examinee and caregiver(s) present immediately following the driving evaluation.
  • A written report will be provided to the provider along with any recommendations.
  • Possible recommendations to the examinee
    • Passes and no restrictions.
    • Passes with restrictions such as no night driving or special adaptive equipment.
    • Results are undetermined and an on-road test by a certified driving instructor needed.
      • The evaluator will provide contact information for a certified driving instructor.
      • The examinee should not drive until the on-road test is completed and recommendations are obtained.
      • A written report will be provided to the provider along with any recommendations.
    • Failed and deemed unsafe to drive.
      • Results sent to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
      • Driver’s license is surrendered.
      • An appeal process is available if the examinee feels the evaluation is incorrect.
  • Re-evaluation on a yearly basis is recommended for anyone with a progressive disease that may impact continued ability to drive safely.

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