The two sections of the assessment are:
– The off-road part where the OT assesses the person’s physical, visual and cognitive conditions by performing standardised tests. These specific tests aim to identify if there are any observable deficits in the driver’s physical, visual or cognitive skills.
– The on-road assessment involves the person driving with the OT and rehabilitation driving instructor, in the instructor’s vehicle. The person drives for 1 hour and the OT observes how the stroke may be influencing the person’s driving skill (if at all).
After the assessment, the OT will go through the outcome with you. The following are the main possible outcomes:
1. The stroke is not affecting your driving performance and the OT will recommend that you can resume driving as normal.
2. The stroke is affecting your driving capacity and you can no longer drive safely. The OT does not feel that your condition will improve and cannot be helped by further lessons or modifications to your vehicle. This usually occurs if your cognitive capacity has been affected by the stroke. The OT will recommend to the RMS that your licence is cancelled.
3. The stroke has affected your driving abilities to some degree and the OT believes that you require additional lessons or vehicle modifications to overcome any physical deficits. The OT will recommend a specific number of lessons (driving hours), which may be several lessons if you need to learn how to use a modification. You may need an OT driving reassessment after completing the endorsed hours, as well as undertake the RMS disability test. If the OT has prescribed you with a vehicle modification, this will be endorsed on your licence and you may not drive without the modification.