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Driver’s Evaluation

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To get into a car and go wherever you want, whenever you want, is a special and valued privilege. When you have a disabling condition, it can be as important as being able to walk or use a wheelchair.

photoWith a Driver’s Evaluation from CarePartners, an occupational therapist with specialized training in driving instruction and rehabilitation can help you find out:

  • If you’re safe to drive again after an injury or illness
  • Whether you’re eligible to learn how to drive with a disability
  • Which adaptations, modifications or restrictions can be offered to keep you safe on the road
  • If you should consider retiring from driving

A Two-Part Evaluation

Your driver’s evaluation will take about two hours and is divided into two parts:

In-clinic: We’ll review your driving and medical histories and conduct a physical, visual and cognitive (thinking skills) assessment at our clinic.

Behind the wheel: Then you will take a road test in parking lots and residential areas, as well as in traffic and on highways as appropriate. Our vehicle is capable of being fully equipped with adaptive driving technology.

You will receive a summary of your results that includes overall recommendations and advice on any adaptive equipment needs. We can also provide training for adaptive equipment and to help improve driving skills for older drivers.

 

Driving with Bioptic Lenses

Our vision team can help individuals with mild to moderate vision conditions regain their driving independence. To be considered for an evaluation to drive with bioptic lenses you must:

  • Have completed a drivers education course, have a valid learners permit or an active driver's license.
  • Have a current vision exam report including visual acuity with bioptic lens and without bioptic lens which meets North Carolina requirements.
  • Have completed or be currently working on pre-driver readiness training with a low vision specialist.

 

How to Make an Appointment

To schedule a driver’s evaluation appointment or to learn more, contact us at (828) 274-6179. When you come, you should bring a current license or learner’s permit, a list of your medications, and glasses if appropriate.

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