The Driving Evaluation and Training program evaluates driving ability and provides training for individuals experiencing stroke, amputation, severe arthritis, spinal cord or brain injury, or any other condition affecting vision, perception, cognition, or physical ability.
The first step in the Driving Evaluation and Training program is to undergo an in-clinic evaluation to assess vision, reaction time, physical ability, and driving judgment.
Next, an on-the-road evaluation is preformed in an adapted vehicle. When appropriate, training will be provided in the use of adaptive equipment for driving.
Results of the testing, training, and driving ability will be discussed with the patient and a report sent to the referring physician.
For more information about Siskin Hospital's Driving Evaluation and Training program, call 423.634.1500.
The hand that grips an adaptive knob on the steering wheel belongs to 71-year-old Siskin Hospital patient, Patrick Frazier. The excitement, privilege and sense of freedom rivals that of any teenage driver hitting the road for the first time.
After a stroke more than a year ago affected Frazier's speech, mobility and independence, the long hours spent on the road of recovery and re-learning did little to answer the question of whether or not he was safe on the road of asphalt and tires, surging engines and distracted drivers.
So, a Siskin Hospital Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist put him to the test. Frazier passed his driving test with flying colors.
Using special machines, like a simulated car cabin complete with a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the Certified Driving Specialist first evaluates the patient's vision, reaction time, physical abilities and judgment. This determines what adaptive equipment they may need in order to drive and whether or not they are ready to be tested on the road.
For Frazier, the hour-long evaluation and two and a half hour road test could not have ended more perfectly. He and the Certified Driving Specialist made a stop at the restaurant he and his son Mickey own and operate.
Charity Care and Donation
To alleviate the cost burden of driving evaluation and training, Siskin Hospital accepts donations specifically for the Wheels to Independence Program. For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of our patients, click here.