Driving Capacity Evaluation
The Driving Capacity Evaluation:
Is It Right For You?
For most people, driving represents freedom, control and competence. Driving enables most people to get to the places they want or need to go. Driving is a complex skill. Unfortunately, we don’t all retain the ability to drive a car throughout our lifetime. Physical disabilities, mental illness, medications, loss of vision or frailty can end anyone’s driving career prematurely. Not being able to drive is a hassle, but remember that safety is the most important issue – not just your safety, but the safety of others on the road.
What You Can Expect
Prairie View’s Driving Capacity Evaluation is a brief outpatient screening evaluation that can be helpful in identifying the potential of a serious driving problem.
This one- to two-hour evaluation includes a brief interview and the completion of the Useful Field of View Test. The evaluation is given on a computer, not in a simulator. No computer skills are necessary, although a mouse is used. A screening assistant is available to show your driver in question the proper use of the mouse.
The evaluation will:
- Measure attention/concentration and visual processing speed
- Assess risk of having a motor vehicle accident due to impairment in these areas
Services are provided to individuals with, but not limited to: traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, psychiatric conditions, effects of medications, other medical conditions.
What to Look For
Use this Unsafe Driving Checklist to assess whether or not any of these issues apply to your driver in question and take appropriate action if needed.
Do you or the driver you're concerned about sometimes or frequently:
- Get honked at often while driving
- Disobey stop signs or traffic lights
- Have difficulty following common traffic signs (e.g. no left turns, no right turn on red, yield right of way)
- Drive aggressively
- Stop inappropriately
- Drive too slowly—well below the speed limit
- Get lost routinely—take excessive amount of time to reach routine destinations (e.g. grocery store, hairdresser, church)
- Don’t pay attention to other cars, bicyclists, pedestrians or road hazards
- Don’t stay in own lane when making turns or when driving straight
- Have passengers comment about close calls, or near misses
- Been involved in multiple fender benders in the last two years
- Been ticketed for moving violations multiple times in the last few years
Following the assessment, the results are discussed with the client and appropriate family members/caregivers. If deficits are identified then recommendations are made at this time. Some options may include: the need to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist if there are visual problems, no night driving, speed or traffic environment restrictions, or the need to cease driving.
Scheduling an Appointment
The Driving Capacity Evaluation is a self-pay program. The evaluation is available in Prairie View’s Newton, East Wichita and West Wichita offices. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 800-992-6292.