WHY DO YOU NEED A DRIVING ASSESSMENT?
When you take a medication, or you have a medical condition that might interfere with your ability to drive safely. Examples of medications that might affect your driving, for the treatment of: allergies, anxiety, high blood pressure, serious pain, depression, or cholesterol.
Even temporary conditions such as a fractured or injured arm or leg can cause difficulty with driving.
HOW CAN DRIVING ASSESSMENTS HELP DOCTORS?
Driving assessments help doctors make objective, accurate decisions on whether a patient is able to drive. Driving assessments by a medical professional, an occupational therapist who is a driving rehabilitation specialist, will provide objective data regarding a patient’s driving capability. We will also give you appropriate data to determine when a patient can return to driving or if they need therapy to assist them in returning to safe driving.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSESSMENT?
The assessment is a comprehensive test in the office AND BEHIND THE WHEEL. We assess various components including: neurological, visual processing, cognitive function, reaction time, ability to multi-task, knowledge of road signs, muscular strength and range of motion. We make recommendations on treatment and modifications when needed.
10 WARNING SIGNS YOU NEED A DRIVING ASSESSMENT:
- Almost crashing, with frequent “close calls”
- Finding dents and scrapes on the car, on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc.
- Getting lost, especially in familiar locations
- Having trouble seeing or following traffic signals, road signs, and pavement markings
- Responding more slowly to unexpected situations, or having trouble moving their foot from the gas to the brake pedal; confusing the two pedals
- Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps
- Experiencing road rage or causing other drivers to honk or complain
- Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving
- Having a hard time turning around to check the rear view while backing up or changing lane
- Receiving multiple traffic tickets or “warnings” from law enforcement officers
WHICH MEDICAL CONDITIONS SHOULD PROMPT A DRIVING ASSESSMENT?
- Concussion—TBI or ABI
- Parkinson Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Tumor
- Eye Disease (Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration)
COMMON REASONS OLDER ADULTS STOP DRIVING:
- Vision impairment
- Emotional Changes
- Slow reactions times
- Slower processing of information
- Medications that interfere
- Financial difficulties
- Pattern of close calls
- Lack of confidence