Functional Driving Assessment - What to Expect
PART 1: IN-CLINIC ASSESSMENT
Takes place in the clinic office and is approximately 2 hours with an Occupational Therapist evaluating:
- Vision Status - functional visual status, visual acuity and visual field verified
- Cognitive & Perceptual Status - reaction time testing, decision-making, attention, information processing, impulse control, memory and other thinking skills
- Physical Status - testing of movement, strength, sensation, balance, and the ability to get in/out of a vehicle. Adaptive equipment may be recommended depending on client need.
PART 2: ON-ROAD/IN-CAR ASSESSMENT
Takes place on-road and is approximately 60 (90 if vision waiver) minutes in length. This component will be completed following the in-clinic assessment. This evaluation is completed with a licensed driving instructor and the Occupational Therapist in a dual controlled car. A standardized route is followed meeting MTO requirements.
All aspects of driving are assessed including physical ability to operate the vehicle, safe interaction with other drivers and traffic settings, and following the rules of the road.
PART 3: FEEDBACK SESSION
Following consultation with the driving instructor, the Occupational Therapist (OT) will meet with you at the end of the assessment to discuss the results of the in-clinic and on-road evaluations.
The OT will review any recommendations she may have including the need for adaptive equipment, driving lessons or education which may help attain or maintain your driving independence. Written prescriptions will be provided for equipment, if necessary.