When is a Fitness to Drive Occupational Therapy Assessment Necessary?
Fitness to drive – drivers with medical or age-related changes
Novice drivers – to determine readiness to learn to drive
Experienced drivers with acquired medical conditions or disabilities to determine the impact on driving performance and the possible need for modified driving controls
Work-related drivers – to determine the impact of injury or chronic pain conditions including ergonomic evaluation
Commercial vehicle drivers – to determine medical capacity to drive heavy vehicles or workplace plant equipment
What is required prior to a Fitness to Drive OT Assessment
A referral from your GP
A medical report from your doctor stating your medical condition, the need for an Occupational Therapy driving assessment and a medical clearance to drive.
An eyesight report from an optometrist may also be required;
There are two parts to a Fitness to Drive OT Assessment
1. Clinical Assessment:
This involves an interview and functional assessment which may include:
- Your medical background;
- Your driving history;
- Your vision;
- Your physical abilities;
- Decision-making and judgement skills relating to driving; and
- General, practical knowledge of road law
2. Road assessment.
This assessment takes place in either an auto or manual dual-controlled car with one of our friendly driving instructors, this reduces the level of anxiety often connected to a conventional driving test.