Does the assessment involve a driver knowledge test?
During the off-road portion of the assessment, the OT will assess your cognitive thinking skills in relation to driving. You will complete exercises (on a tablet/iPad) focusing on skills such as recall, memory, processing speed and decision-making. The assessment does not assess your knowledge of road rules or laws specifically, as you are expected to have a competent understanding of this already.
What’s involved in an Occupational Therapy driving assessment?
If you’re asking yourself, “What is an occupational therapy driving assessment?” you need to know that it’s a process that occupational therapists use to evaluate your ability to drive. While driver trained OTs see people with various medical conditions, the process is generally the same for all clients. On the day of assessment, you will need to have your driver’s licence and any medical reports or documentation the OT requires (should be clarified before the assessment). You will be assessed in the vehicle transmission of your current car.
The OT and driving instructor come to your home and the process is split into two parts:
a) Off-road assessment – Involves the OT completing cognitive, visual and physical tests to look for any obvious issues that may influence your driving capacity.
b) On-road driving assessment – You will drive the driving instructor’s vehicle in all traffic conditions. You are asked to drive for one hour, where the OT will observe the effects (if any) your medical condition is having on your driving.
Afterwards, the OT will discuss the results with you, as well as what will happen next. For example, you may need to get a new driver’s licence from the RMS if any changes on your licence conditions have been recommended. The OT will send the report to the RMS and your referring doctor.