Senior Driver Training Program
Driving & Quality of Life
Driving provides a level of mobility and independence that’s important. We want to help senior drivers maintain a high quality of life in the safest manner possible.
Comprehensive & Caring
We evaluate your vehicle and provide on-road training in our dual-control cars. For those in need, we can recommend Occupational Therapy support to help you continue driving safely.
It’s easy to sign up for your Senior Driving Assessment. Follow these simple steps:
- You will be asked to complete a questionnaire that helps us understand your expectations, and it also helps us prepare for your assessment.
- After the questionnaire, you will be taken to our student portal where you will create a student profile and make the $300.00 payment for your assessment.
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You’ve been a safe, considerate driver for a long time, and we’re here to help!
As we age, at a certain point it’s important to have regularly scheduled professional driving assessments. These assessments help determine if there are potential issues and help create a plan to correct any possible short fallings so you can continue being a good, safe driver.
A professional driving assessment should be viewed similarly to a physician’s health care maintenance appointment. You’ve visited a doctor without feeling ill to ensure there’s not an underlying issue that might cause a problem in the future… your professional driving assessment accomplishes the exact same thing!
During the driver assessment process, the first step is an in-car evaluation, here’s the process:
- A pre-evaluation questionnaire is completed by the driver and/or a family member to help understand what your expectations are while adding our preparation. Elements of this pre-lesson preparation include:
- Expected goals, i.e., being able to continue driving on the highway, or over a specific route, driving at night, etc.
Upon our arrival, we will do some training and evaluation in the driver’s personal vehicle (if it’s available). We will evaluate:
- proper seat, steering wheel, and mirror positioning
- the positioning of both feet
- Seatbelt position
- Dashboard understanding
- plus, many other elements in your personal vehicle
Then, we will transition into our car and provide:
- General driving assessments & instructions
- If, a specific route or environment is a stated goal you will drive our dual-control vehicle in the conditions you’ve specified.
After the driving assessment, a complete written evaluation will be shared with you. Within that written assessment we may:
- Make suggestions on activities, or provide instruction (which would have also taken place while in our car) on elements to consider, work on, or avoid.
- If we see some physical limitations we may recommend Occupational Therapy; we can recommend someone local, committed to helping you.
When considering who should be permitted to drive, age alone should not be the deciding factor. People over 65 years old present a wide range of driving skills and abilities, just like younger drivers. Age should never be the sole deciding factor when deciding who should drive, when and where. In fact, seniors bring a level of experience and maturity not regularly seen in younger drivers.
Acknowledging that, it’s also accurate to state that some seniors are experiencing factors that warrant an assessment from a professional.
Who Should consider a Professional Driving Assessment:
- You or a family member feel there has been a decline in your driving skills and execution
- You have experienced a significant change in your health, i.e. you have been diagnosed with:
- an eye injury or disease that impacts your vision
- Sleep disorders
- You have been involved in an accident (even minor fender-benders), and/or you’re experiencing near-miss accident scenarios when driving.
- A family member or friend is expressing concern about your driving.
- You or a loved one are seeing a decline in elements critical to driving, including:
- Vision Acuity
- Range of Motion and flexibility
- Reflex and physical reacting
Having any of these limitations does not automatically mean someone should no longer drive, but it is critical that these conditions are identified, and methods to deal with them are used.
What are the possible outcomes of a Professional Driver Assessment:
- You will exhibit the skills and decision-making necessary to continue driving on your own.
- You will exhibit most of the skills and decision-making necessary to continue driving on your own, but there are some minor elements that you will need to be aware of and potentially practice. These will be covered in the in-car assessment and included in the written evaluation.
- You exhibited some deficiencies and it’s recommended that some additional driving lessons occur to ensure these deficiencies are overcome.
Sometimes simple fixes and adjustments can be highly effective
- A physical or behavioral training
- the establishment of boundaries or safety mapping of a route, or routes
It is our recommendation that a clinical assessment is done to evaluate if there are physical limitations that need to be improved to be a safe driver.
You have not exhibited the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle