Fitness to Drive Evaluations
What we do and who we serve
When is a Fitness to Drive Evaluation needed?

The question of an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle occurs after a medical illness or injury (such as a stroke, brain injury, breathing disorders, diabetes, seizure disorder, etc..). After a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease or dementia, with concerns about medication side effects, or in the context of normal aging. With aging, illness, or injury an individual is often not aware when vision, cognition, and motor skills fall to a dangerous level.  This evaluation allows an individual, his/her family, and physician to make a well-informed decision about whether one should continue to drive or return to driving.  The ultimate concern is to balance individual and public safety with an individual's community mobility needs to maintain his/her independence and quality of life.

The following are some warning signs that suggest an individual may be an unsafe driver and in need of an evaluation:
1.        Inappropriate driving speeds (too fast or too slow)
2.        Poor judge of distances, too close to other vehicles
3.        Trouble navigating turns
4.        Drifting into the wrong lane
5.        Hitting curbs
6.        Accidents or near misses, scrapes or dents on car, garage, or mailbox
7.        Getting lost in familiar places (spouse acts as co-pilot)
8.        Confusing brake and gas pedals
9.        Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason
10.      Increased agitation or irritation when driving
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is a Fitness to Drive Evaluation needed?
  2. What is the evaluation like?
  3. Does my insurance cover the cost of this evaluation?
  4. How are the results of the evaluation used?
  5. How can an evaluation be scheduled?