Lancaster General Health offers a two-part driver safety assessment program that provides objective information to help you make smart choices about your or a loved one’s ability to drive.

Who Can Benefit?

Our behind-the wheel driving safety assessment and occupational therapy evaluation services are appropriate for individuals with conditions such as:

  • Age-related illness or impairment
  • Amputation
  • Bone or joint disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dementia
  • Head injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Stroke

About the Program

The first part of the program is an occupational therapy advanced life skills evaluation of:

  • Visual skills
  • Physical skills
  • Attention and concentration skills
  • Reaction time

Based on the results, the therapist may recommend that your doctor refer you for a behind-the-wheel evaluation to determine the need for special equipment and/or follow-up training. The assessment evaluates your ability to operate the vehicle controls, respond quickly and accurately, obey traffic laws, and recognize and understand road signs and regulations. You can take this test with any Pennsylvania-certified driver trainer at a driving school. We will provide you with contact information. 

How to Prepare

Allow one hour for the occupational therapy evaluation. Bring reading glasses to the appointment. Patients must be accompanied by a licensed driver. The behind-the-wheel evaluation requires a valid driver's license or learners permit.

A physician referral is necessary for both the occupational therapy assessment and the behind-the-wheel evaluation.

 

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