Pre-Driver Assessments

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Central Vermont Medical Center collaborates with The University of Vermont Medical Center to provide clinical assessment of high risk drivers.

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The Pre-Driver Program offered by CVMC Rehabilitation Therapy services, collaborating with Driver Rehabilitation program at The University of Vermont Medical Center, is a comprehensive clinical assessment for those who may be at a high risk for an automobile crash.

What is involved in a driver’s evaluation?

An occupational therapist, trained in the clinical driver evaluation, determines the effects of one’s medical condition, medication needs and the functional limitations they may present on the road. A client attends both the clinical and on-the-road assessment with another licensed driver who may act as a coach.

The evaluation involves:

  • Visual screening.
  • Standardized assessments of cognition and memory, range of motion, muscle strength and sensation, and visual perceptual skills.

Who is referred for a driving evaluation?

Experienced drivers who have a valid driving license, with a referral from their physician, whom may have a condition that affects their cognitive/decision making skills such as:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Strokes/cerebral vascular accident
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment

Warning signs a person may need a driver assessment:

  • Drives too quickly or too slowly
  • Needs help or instructions from passengers
  • Ignores signs and signals
  • Neglects to use turn signals
  • Makes slow or poor decisions
  • Easily frustrated or confused
  • Has a pattern of getting lost, even in familiar areas
  • Accidents or near misses
  • Drifts across lane markings into other lanes
  • Has poor road position or makes wide turns
  • Misses important things like signals, signage, or pedestrians
  • Failure to yield
  • Difficulty interpreting traffic situations

On-the-Road Assessment at Fletcher Allen Health Care

Fletcher Allen Health Care provides on-the-road assessment that can determine a driver’s ability to handle the vehicle in a variety of traffic situations, evaluate visual and cognitive training needs, and assess/determine the need for adaptive equipment.

The University of Vermont Medical Center
Driver Rehabilitation Program
792 College Parkway
Medical Office Building, Suite 102
Colchester, VT 05446
802-847-3140 (phone)

Insurance Information

Some insurance providers cover the evaluation. If your patient’s insurance does not cover driver rehabilitation services, private pay can be arranged.