Pre-Driving Evaluation

The Rehabilitation Institute in Gainesville offers a comprehensive Pre-Driving Evaluation for people with an illness, injury, or overall decline in function that may affect their ability to drive safely. Please be aware that a physician’s referral is required for the Pre-Driving Evaluation.

This Pre-Driving Evaluation is conducted by a licensed occupational therapist and includes a standardized assessment of:

  • Visual acuity and perceptual skills
  • Physical performance skills
  • Lower extremity reaction time
  • Cognitive processing skills
  • Risk-taking tolerance

Appropriate recommendations will be made to each person and his or her referring physician after the Pre-Driving Evaluation. Possible recommendations include:

  • Okay to return to or continue with independent driving
  • Follow-up treatment to address deficits which are inhibiting safe driving
  • Discontinue or not return to driving

Warning signs a person may need a Pre-Driving Evaluation:

  • Drives to quickly or too slowly
  • Needs help or instructions from passengers
  • Ignores signs and signals
  • Makes slow or poor decisions
  • Easily frustrated or confused
  • Has a pattern of getting lost, even in familiar areas
  • Accidents or near misses
  • Drifts across lane markings into other lanes
  • Has poor road position or makes wide turns
  • Misses important things like signals, signage, or pedestrians
  • Failure to yield
  • Difficulty interpreting traffic situations

If you believe that you or someone you know may be in need of the Pre-Driving Evaluation, call 770-219-8200.

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