DriveAbility

DriveAbility

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How's Your Car Safety Knowledge?

Most of us think of ourselves as safe and responsible drivers. Yet automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 32 and the leading cause of injury for people of all ages. You can't be responsible for other drivers, but it is wise to brush up on your own auto safety skills. To test your knowledge, try your hand at this true/false quiz.

1. In a severe accident, you have a better chance of surviving if you are not wearing a seat belt and are thrown from the car.
2. Driving when you are sleepy can be as dangerous as driving when you are drunk.
3. If someone is following your car too closely, you should gently tap your brakes as a warning.
4. If your car has an air bag, you don't need to wear a seat belt.
5. Never buckle a child safety seat into the front seat of a car that has an air bag.
6. If an adult is not wearing a seat belt and is sitting too close to the dashboard, he or she could be in danger if the air bag inflates.
7. Seat belts and child safety seats are necessary only for long-distance driving or for traveling at fast speeds.
8. The instruction booklet for a child safety seat tells you everything you need to know about installing the seat safely in your vehicle.
9. Once a child weighs 40 pounds, he or she can ride safely in a car with a regular seat belt.
10. If your car doesn't have an air bag, your children can ride safely in the front seat.
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.