Recovery Station offers comprehensive on-road and off-road driving assessments and rehabilitation services for individuals where there are concerns over their ability or safety to drive. Our driver trained Occupational Therapists assess the functional, medical, ergonomic and performance components of driving and are approved by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Our in depth understanding of the RMS road rules, knowledge of vehicle modifications and the environment of support and professionalism we provide allow us to support recommendations on driving decisions that can often be difficult or hard to navigate within the current systems.
The assessment will determine if you need to modify your driving habits, require vehicle modifications or specialised equipment for the vehicle or need help identifying other transport options.
Examples of when an individual may require a driving assessment:
- Diagnosed with vision impairment, reduced physical and/or mental skills due to degenerative condition.
- Have a condition that affects ability to drive, such as, physical injury, head injury, illness, disability, stroke, or a psychiatric disorder.
- When specialised driving advice is needed, such as, customised seating, safe driving techniques, driving endurance, returning to work where driving is essential, including driving heavy vehicles.
- People experiencing reduced confidence or anxiety in a variety of traffic situations.
- To assess your suitability and safety before you start drive, if you are on a Learner’s Licence.
The assessment process:
- Firstly a comprehensive off-road assessment of physical, cognitive and visual performance is completed, followed by an on-road assessment.
- The on-road assessment is completed in a dual controlled car with a qualified driving instructor and the Occupational Therapy also present.
- A detailed report is prepared outlining assessment outcomes and recommendations. Any changes to your driver’s licence status are updated with the RMS.
The Driving Instructors we use are experienced working with people with injury and disability. They have a professional approach and are able to provide support, encouragement and empathy required. To complete the entire driving assessment and report writing for all parties we need approximately 6 hours.