Driver Rehabilitation Services:

Evaluation of…

Elder drivers or drivers diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc…

Returning drivers after a traumatic event in which there is no permanent disability:

  1. Stroke
  2. Traumatic Brain Injury
  3. Heart Attack

Adaptive driving in which there is permanent physical disability:

  1. Amputation
  2. Spinal Cord Injury
  3. Diabetes
  4. Neuropathy
  5. Multiple Sclerosis
  6. Stroke

Adaptive driving for someone with a very high-level physical disability in a high-tech van:

  1. High-level spinal cord injury
  2. Severe Multiple Sclerosis
  3. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  4. Cerebral Palsy
  5. Muscular Dystrophy


 

 

Evaluation Components

Pre-driving screening

  1. Medical history
  2. Driving history
  3. License/permit status
  4. Physical functioning
  5. Cognition
  6. Perception
  7. Knowledge of traffic rules and regulations
  8. Wheelchair seating (if applicable)

On-Road Driving

  1. Pre-driving skills
  2. Knowledge of controls (turn signals, etc.)
  3. Basic driving skills (low traffic area)
  4. Complex driving skills (high traffic area)
  5. Reaction time in real-world situations
  6. Navigation skills
  7. Parking skills
  8. Overall driving skills

> A comprehensive report is written after the evaluation and forwarded to the referring physician and/or third party payer.

> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Medical Unit) may be notified if necessary.

> A recommendation letter is given to the client.

> If driver training is recommended, it is scheduled.

 

What if a person fails the evaluation?

What if a person passes the evaluation?

Driver Training…

Driver refresher training for elder drivers

Adaptive car training:

  1. Hand controls
  2. Spinner knob
  3. Left-foot accelerator
  4. Pedal extensions

High-tech van training:

  1. Servo powered gas & brake
  2. Servo powered steering
  3. Joystick driving
  4. Voice activated secondary controls

> Driver training includes preparation for, and taking the
Pennsylvania State Driver’s Exam. This can be a complicated
process, especially for someone who has not taken a driving
test for many years. Mr. Brant is very familiar wht PennDOT
requirements and assists in all logistic aspects of the process.

> Driver training is completed in one of Brant’s Driving School’s
vehicles. There are two cars, a full-size truck, a high-tech
full-size van and a high-tech minivan. All vehicles are dual-control.

Vehicle Consultation…

This service determines if an existing vehicle is appropriate for the modifications recommended. This is part of the initial evaluation. Alternative vehicles are discussed and recommended.

Vehicle Modification Recommendation…

A formal prescription is written after driver training and testing is completed. Reputable vendors require the person to pass the State Driving Exam prior to installing the equipment in the consumer’s vehicle. This helps protect everyone by proving to PennDOT they are safe with the adaptive equipment.

Vehicle Inspection/Checkout…

This is completed after the adaptive equipment is installed and helps to assure that the equipment is exactly what the Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist has prescribed. This is required if the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is paying for the equipment.