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Alert at the Wheel
Be careful behind the wheel if you're tired. About half of all drivers in the United States say they feel sleepy while driving, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). According to a recent NSF study, 14 million drivers actually fell asleep, and 2 million had accidents.
DriveAbility is an adaptive driving program designed to help people drive again following an illness, injury or physically limiting condition. The results of our evaluation and recommendations for driving are shared with the patient and physician. DriveAbility can also assist with licensing needs, equipment acquisition, and vehicle vendor location.Services Provided
- Pre-driving assessment: This service is performed in our clinic by a registered occupational therapist. It is used to obtain information about an individual’s medical history, functional abilities, thinking skills, visual perception and reaction time.
- On-road evaluation: Based on outcome of the pre-driving assessment and the individual’s driving goals, an on-road evaluation is initiated in cooperation with a driving school.
Both the occupational therapist and certified driving instructor evaluate the individual’s driving skill and functional mobility. Our training vehicle is equipped with instructor brake and adaptive equipment such as hand controls, left accelerator pedal, steering devices, and adaptive turn signals to assist each individual as needed.How to Get Started
If you think DriveAbility can help you, please consult your physician for a referral for occupational therapy driving evaluation. Call 540-536-5113 to make an appointment.
Insurance companies may reimburse the additional services provided by the occupational therapist. There is a fee for each behind the wheel session that is not billable to insurance.