An occupational therapy driving assessment can help you to return to safe driving where possible.
An occupational therapy driving assessment is a comprehensive functional assessment that includes both off and on road components. The off and on road components can be done on separate days.
Off road assessment
An off road assessment involves screening of vision, physical function, cognition and road law knowledge in the context of driving. The need for vehicle modifications is established and may be given a trial during the on road assessment.
On road assessment
The practical on road assessment is conducted in a dual controlled vehicle with a professional driving instructor and driver trained occupational therapist.
Some drivers may need to attend a driver rehabilitation programme following their assessment.
What can be the outcomes of a driving assessment?
You meet the required driving standard and it is recommended you retain your licence with or without conditions, or
You may require modifications to your vehicle, as well as a number of lessons to help you become competent in using the recommended aids. A Transport NSW Disability Test may be required, or
Further lessons are needed to improve your driving skills to a safe and competent level. A reassessment may be required, or
You do not meet the required driving standard and a licence cancellation is recommended.
Why do you need a driving assessment?
Your doctor or family may have concerns about a deterioration in your driving. This may be due to:
Age related medical conditions, Hearing loss, Mental Health disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Vision deficits, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Stroke or Amputation.
Or you may have a medical condition and require an assessment to know if you are able to obtain a learner driver’s licence.
Driving with a Disability
Driving a car is an essential activity of daily life in regional Australia. Not only does it allow independent mobility for work and social activities, it is a meaningful symbol of independence and personal identity.
Driving is hard!
Driving is a complex task involving integration of visual, physical, cognitive and psychosocial skills in a rapidly changing environment.
Any loss of function in these areas as a result of a medical condition, accident or the ageing process may impact a person’s ability to drive safely.
Who carries out the driving assessment?
A driver trained Occupational Therapist who has:
Completed specialist post-graduate training in driver assessments
Is registered by the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS)
Governed by statutory regulation through the RMS
Authorised to make recommendations to the RMS Medical Unit regarding your driver’s licence status, fitness and ability to drive, required vehicle modifications and driving restrictions
Independent health care specialists who do not work for and are not paid by the RMS.