Driving Assessment

patient with driving instructorWe offer a comprehensive driving assessment program for anyone who has had an illness, injury or age-related decline in skills that could affect the ability to drive safely. Our services are provided by a certified driver rehabilitation specialist and includes both a clinical and an in-car assessment.

The Clinical Assessment

The clinical assessment screens skills that are important for competent driving and include:

  • Visual skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Physical skills
  • Physical and mental reaction skills
  • Interpretation of road signs

The In-Car Assessment

This portion of the assessment takes place in a Northeast Rehab training vehicle which is adaptable and has a training brake for safety.  The in-car assessment evaluates driving skills, application of traffic rules and regulations, adaptive equipment needs and independence in the community. For beginner drivers, the in-car assessment evaluates their potential to learn the skills necessary for driving.

At the conclusion of the driving assessment, recommendations are made to meet a client’s needs. Possible recommendations include:

  • Return to independent driving
  • Follow-up driver training sessions to improve driving skills along with training in use of adaptive equipment as indicated
  • Therapy to increase functional skills necessary for safe driving
  • Driving retirement

Conditions appropriate for this program include but not limited to:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Neurological diagnosis
  • Age-related changes
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Visual impairment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Guillan-Barre syndrome

A physician referral is required to participate in the program.

To schedule an appointment for driving assessment, please call 603-681-3123 or fax to 603-681-3299.

Prior to your first appointment, please print and complete the following forms.  Please bring these completed forms to your first appointment.