Medical Driving Evaluations

Driving With a Left Foot Accelerator

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 6, 2021 4:17:51 PM

There are a number diagnostic groups for which a vehicle can be adapted to accommodate for the loss of the right foot function. The individual driving with a left foot accelerator must enter the process knowing it will require a great deal of training and practice to successfully learn to operate a vehicle in all conditions with this adaptation.

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Topics: driver rehab, adaptive driving, left foot accelerator, equipment

Deciding to Install Pedal Extenders

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 6, 2021 2:58:36 PM

The physical challenges associated with being short statured must be addressed before one can operate a vehicle. Access to the pedals is a concern for many short people. The use of pedal extenders is an option for adjusting foot support on the pedals, but it is not the only, or first, step to take when driving with modifications.

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Topics: short stature, adaptive driving, Pedal Extenders

Identifying Driving Concerns During A Visit to Family Members

Posted by Joan Cramer on Dec 23, 2020 10:22:36 AM

This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has definitely disrupted plans for the holidays, and for many of us means a cancellation of the annual trip “home”.

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Topics: Safe driving, elderly, driver rehab, adaptive driving

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 Spina Bifida

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 24, 2019 7:35:56 AM

If your child has grown up overcoming the challenges of spina bifida, the idea of them successfully operating a motor vehicle may seem out of the question. 

However, in reality, there are actually a number of different ways, through adaptive driving equipment and additional training, that people with spina bifida can successfully learn to drive

In this article, we’ll explore spina bifida and how it can affect your child’s driving ability. Then, we’ll touch on some of the ways that your child can overcome these challenges, and with the help of some specialized training and guidance gain the mobility and independence of the open road.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical driving, adaptive driving, spina bifida

Driving After a Limb Amputation

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 24, 2019 7:27:17 AM

Limb amputation can be the start of a long road to recovery, both physically and mentally. On top of the time spent healing from the surgery, adapting to physical therapy, a prosthetic limb, and the many changes to your life can be a significant challenge.

Even daily tasks such as driving can seem difficult or impossible after a limb amputation. However, the good news is that there is a wide range of options for people with disabilities and amputations that include rehab, training, and adaptive driving devices. All can help you keep your freedom and independence behind the wheel.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical driving, limb, adaptive driving

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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