Driver Evaluation Program

CHCServices has a specially trained Physical Therapist who is a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) and a member of The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). Our Physical Therapist provides a comprehensive evaluation to determine if an individual is safe to drive a motor vehicle and then makes written recommendations to address any areas of concern, including the possible need for additional driver training or vehicle modification. The therapist works closely with each individual to support his or her driving goals.  


The Evaluation

The comprehensive evaluation includes the following: 

  • Review medical condition and status
  • Driving history and license, recommendations for updating license as necessary
  • Motor skills, strength, range of motion, sensation, coordination, balance, mobility status
  • Visual abilities and perception
  • Cognitive skills and knowledge of the rules of the road and proper judgment
  • Route planning and traffic safety
  • Adaptation, complex processing and managing situations
  • Assessment for fatigue and possible decline in medical status
  • Possible need for vehicle modifications and additional driver training, if needed
  • Written report on recommendations 

The first part of the evaluation is completed at the individual’s home or at the CHCServices office and then, if appropriate, the therapist will conduct a “behind the wheel” evaluation. The scope of the behind the wheel evaluation will vary depending upon each individual's needs. After the first part of the evaluation is completed, the therapist may recommend additional vision screening prior to conducting the “behind the wheel” evaluation. 

The test vehicle for the “behind the wheel” evaluation must meet the following safety requirements:

  • Two license plates; the rear plate must show current registration
  • Both front and back turn signal lights and brake lights work
  • Adequate brake pressure (you will be asked to step on the brake pedal to see if it works properly)
  • A working horn and working seat belts
  • A drivers side window that rolls down
  • Tires with no bald spots
  • A working emergency/parking brake
  • Two rear view mirrors (one must be on the outside, to the driver's left)
  • Driver and front passenger doors that open from both the inside and outside

Once the evaluation is completed, the therapist will discuss the results of the evaluation and provide recommendations including a written report of the recommendations. You will need to bring your driver’s license and auto insurance to your appointment for the Driver Evaluation.


FAQs 

Q. Does CHCServices send the driver evaluation and written recommendations to the Department of Licensing (DOL)?
A. CHCServices does not send the driver evaluation and written recommendations to the DOL. The evaluation results and recommendations are provided to our clients so they can make an informed decision.

Q. Can I use insurance to pay for the evaluation?
A. Insurance does not cover the cost of the Driver Evaluation Program.

Q. If I pass my driver evaluation does this overturn my doctor’s recommendation that I stop driving?
A. You can bring the results of your evaluation to your doctor, and with this information you and your doctor can make an informed decision about your driving ability.

CHCS emphasizes compassion, accountability, results and expertise; all of which I found to be true. —Loralee M.