Driver EvaluationThe first step in driver rehabilitation.
A driving evaluation is an extensive look at a person’s ability to drive a vehicle by a licensed occupational therapist specializing in driver rehabilitation.
It is the cornerstone for driver rehabilitation and will determine the plan of care for each client at Freedom & Mobility.
An evaluation consists of a clinical assessment and an on-road assessment and usually takes about three to four hours.
The clinical assessment includes:
- Collecting your medical and driving history which includes any secondary conditions that could affect driving
- Vision check
- Hearing check
- Strength, upper and lower extremity check, active and passive range of motion, neck rotation & tone
- Fine and gross motor coordination, head and trunk control and brake reaction time
- Balance – static and dynamic
- Mobility device use (if required)
- Cognitive screen of your knowledge of road rules and signs, processing speed, attention (divided and sustained), memory, visual perceptual skills
The on the road assessment will include:
- Transfer skills
- Vehicle handling skills
- Applied road knowledge
- Applied cognitive, language and perceptual skills
- Loading and unloading mobility device if applicable
- Training with adaptive equipment to find the most appropriate equipment for individual use
- Recommendations are made to vendors for specific adaptive driving equipment, vehicle selection and structural modifications as needed
Meet our driving specialists.
Beth Gibson, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI
Dustin Abram, OTR/L, DRS, CDI
Getting started with us is easy!
Schedule an evaluation, the first step in learning to drive with a physical or cognitive impairment.