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Pre-Driving Assessment Program

pre-driving assessment program

TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation centers offer pre-driving assessments for people experiencing functional changes due to a neurologic incident, trauma, surgery or the aging process. It is an essential part of the driving assessment to address any deficits that may influence safety and independence as a licensed driver.

Medical conditions that may affect driving skills include:

  • Stroke
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuropathy
  • Cardiac disease

These conditions may affect vision, memory, attention, and the ability to problem solve and react quickly.

Licensed occupational therapists will formally assess the following:

  • Vision
  • Spatial awareness
  • Attention
  • Problem solving
  • Sequencing
  • Cognitive processing skills
  • Reaction time
  • Ability to read traffic signs
  • Physical performance skills
  • Sensation

Appropriate recommendations will be made and tailored to individual patient needs. The patient and referring physician will be informed of the recommendations, which may include:

  • Return to or continue with independent driving
  • Referral to a behind-the-wheel driving assessment

To make a referral or to schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 44-REHAB (73422) , (713) 797-5942 or fax 713.797.5988.