Medical Driving Evaluations

How Do I Talk To My Aging Loved One About Their Driving?

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 20, 2020 11:34:10 AM

You may have noticed that when your dad drives, he struggles to stay between the lines or stop as quickly at lights as he used to. Maybe you’re concerned about the new dents in your mother’s car. 

Any aging driver will experience changes in their vision, physical condition, and cognitive abilities, so it’s natural to be worried about their safety behind the wheel. If so, it may be time to sit down with your elderly friend or family member and have a serious discussion about the future of their driving.

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Topics: aging, health, elderly, memory loss, alzheimers, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, arthritis, vision, adaptive driving, anxiety

Driving With Anxiety

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 24, 2019 7:44:05 AM

Driving can be a stressful experience for anybody. And for those with driving anxiety or a driving phobia, even the thought of getting behind the wheel can be daunting.

These are all very understandable worries, but overcoming these challenges and becoming comfortable behind the wheel can bring a life-changing sense of mobility and independence. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at anxiety and how it can affect your ability to drive. Then, we’ll touch on some things you can do to improve your driving ability at home, as well as some steps to work with your mental health professional and a driving specialist to overcome these challenges and get out on the road.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical driving, anxiety

Driving with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 24, 2019 7:42:13 AM

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can bring a number of questions and challenges that affect every area of your life, particularly your mobility and independence behind the wheel. However, this progressive movement disorder doesn’t mean that you need to stop driving immediately. 

In this article, we’ll discuss Parkinson’s disease and how it can affect your driving ability. Then, we’ll touch on the common challenges of driving with Parkinson’s, how they can be overcome, and how you can work with a driving expert to confidently and safely extend your time behind the wheel.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical driving, parkinsons

Driving with a Short Stature

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:24:30 AM

Driving with short stature can be a challenge, especially since cars tend to be designed for a certain average range of height. This can be a compounding issue the shorter you are, and can at times seem like an insurmountable obstacle to driving safely. 

Fortunately, there are vehicle modifications to accommodate drivers of any height.

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Topics: Safe driving, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical driving, short stature

Driving with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:18:58 AM

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, we don’t need to explain the challenges that this autoimmune disorder can pose in your life. 

Fortunately, for most sufferers of MS, a loss of independence through the ability to drive isn’t necessarily one of them. Despite the fact that multiple sclerosis can present some physical, visual, or cognitive deficits, most individuals are still able to effectively get behind the wheel and drive.

In this article, we’ll explore multiple sclerosis and how it can affect your ability to drive safely. Then, we’ll explore how with a little bit of help from adaptive equipment and some guidance from a certified driver rehabilitation specialist, you can safely and confidently continue driving.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, MS, multiple sclerosis

Driving After a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:14:56 AM

Adapting to life after a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a scary and difficult process for many reasons. Tasks that were simple before may be challenging or impossible now, which can lead to some very understandable feelings like you’ve lost independence or freedom. 

One major area that affects people recovering from an SCI is driving, which to many people represents a fundamental part of mobility and independence. However, thanks to adaptive driving equipment and training, thousands of people with SCIs have been able to relearn to drive and safely get back on the road, even with paraplegic or quadriplegic injuries.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, spinal cord, spine injury

Driving With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:11:23 AM

Learning to drive can be a challenge for anyone, but the reward of freedom, mobility, and independence can be life-changing. For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there can be additional challenges, but the resulting freedom and mobility can be just as empowering.

While over 70% of high school seniors have a driver’s license, this number drops to around 30% for those diagnosed with a form of autism. 

In some cases, drivers with autism may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks, rules, and considerations involved in driving. For others, concern from parents or loved ones may keep them from learning, while the young adult is ready to drive and eager to learn the skills of the road. 

In this article, we’ll discuss autism and how it can affect your child’s driving abilities. Then we’ll touch on some ways your child can prepare to drive with the help of a driving specialist, and reach a new level of mobility and independence.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, autism, ASD, medical driving

Driving with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Memory Loss

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:04:12 AM

Memory loss can be a daunting diagnosis that affects every ability of your life, including your ability to drive. Delayed reactions, a lack of concentration, impaired judgment, or sudden confusion can be difficult to deal with in general, and behind the wheel, they can be a dangerous combination. 

In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of memory loss, touch on how they affect your driving ability, and discuss some possible avenues of action.

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Topics: aging, health, elderly, memory loss, alzheimers, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical

Driving is Important

We Are Here to Keep You Safe Behind the Wheel

Our Driver Rehabilitation program works with patients whose change in health may affect their ability to safely drive. We have a team of Certified Driving Rehab Specialists that will work with patients on evaluating your driving abilities. We also have a team of professional instructors to help you gain or regain the skills you need to drive. We created this blog to talk about the various diagnoses we experience and how they may affect your experience behind the wheel. 

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