Driving Assessment & Training
Patients, families and physicians may need help determining whether a person should drive after an injury or illness. North Mississippi Medical Center's Driving Assessment and Training program can help you make that decision.
You must have a referral from your health care provider, as well as a current driver's license or learner's permit. A licensed occupational therapist completes the evaluation.
Diagnoses that may be appropriate for referral include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Other neurological disorders
- Debilitated conditions
- Visual deficits
First, the therapist assesses vision, reaction time, muscle strength and cognitive abilities.
A minimum one hour on-the-road driving session is modified to meet individual patient needs. The "rehab car" is outfitted with adaptive equipment.
The therapist will discuss results of the driving evaluation with the patient/family and make recommendations. If adaptive equipment is required, the therapist will give you information about resources and installation. The therapist will inform the patient's health care provider about evaluation results and recommendations.