Are you or someone you love concerned about driving? Do you have concerns about your safety when driving?
Driving is a complex skill; therefore, the ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in physical, emotional and mental condition. Following brain injury, stroke or other disabling event, it is not guaranteed an individual will be able to return to driving. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure he is safe in order to prevent harm to himself or others. If a person drives without obtaining proof he is safe to drive after a change in medical status, he may be subjecting himself to personal liability.
For more information about driving evaluations, call 317-621-3000.
Warning Signs and Symptoms
As we age, many of our abilities change. One of the biggest areas of concern is driving, since it involves the safety of the driver, passenger and anyone else on the road. If you experience a change in health, or exhibit any signs that may interfere with safe driving, you should contact the professionals.
- Failure to notice traffic signs
- Driving at inappropriate speeds
- Drifting across lane markings
- Getting lost in familiar areas
- Having accidents or near misses
- Judging distance inaccurately when stopping or turning
- Riding the brake
- Scrapes or dents on the care
- Slow to make decisions/delayed responses
- Difficulty parking
Our extensively trained occupational therapist offers comprehensive in-clinic and behind the wheel driving evaluations. These evaluations include assessment of the physical, cognitive and visual skills needed to continue independent driving. These skills may be impacted by aging, dementia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or following a stroke or brain injury.
Meet the Therapist
Sherrie Waugh is a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist with a primary focus on the treatment of individuals living with dementia, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, foot drop, MS, amputee and Parkinson’s disease. Her advanced clinical knowledge and extensive experience in the completion of driving evaluations (in-clinic and behind-the-wheel) allow Sherrie to provide accurate and skillful appraisal of driving safety, recommend and administer necessary training and identify appropriate vehicle modifications (spinner knobs, left foot accelerator and hand controls).