The Pre-Driving Screening Test is used as a source of information in determining a person’s readiness to return to driving following neurological condition such as a stroke or another type of brain injury. It may also be used to help determine the driving status of an elder with cognitive problems or dementia.
Driving is a demanding, dynamic and cognitively complex activity. The Pre-Driving Screening test is conducted by an Occupational Therapist over two to three sessions. It evaluates:
- Driving knowledge
- Driving judgment situations
- Upper and lower extremity strength
- Range of motion and coordination of function
- Visual acuity
- Cognitive screening
- Visual-perception screen
- Accelerator to brake pedal reaction time
The results are sent to the physician who will use them (as well as other sources of information) to decide whether a patient is ready to return to driving.