Evaluating Driving Ability

The ability to drive a motor vehicle can change over time and, especially, with an injury or impairment. A driving assessment may be needed to clinically evaluate driving ability and to determine if any strategies, accommodations or modifications are appropriate for continued safe driving or if there should be any restrictions on driving. These might include driving during daylight hours only, driving only automatic transmissions or not driving on limited access highways.

In addition, on-road assessments, equipment and vehicle recommendations and vehicle inspections may also be offered.

Easter Seals Mobility Center

Provides thorough driving assessments to individuals over 16 years of age who have an injury or impairment that may impact their ability to operate a motor vehicle. This includes clinical and road assessments, equipment and vehicle recommendations and vehicle inspections.

Clinical evaluations may cover the following:

  • Vision and visual perception
  • Cognition
  • Motor function and
  • General driving knowledge

At the end of the assessment, a recommendation is given regarding a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Driving restrictions are also made when appropriate. An assessment takes approximately two to three hours.

The Norwalk Hospital also offers a driver assessment program.

It is usually recommended that a road test be completed through the Medical Qualification Unit of the DMV to make a final, legal determination of a person’s ability to drive and determination of what limits, if any, should be applied

Eligibility Criteria

A physician referral or prescription is required for a driver’s assessment. Additionally, the applicant must be 16 years of age or older and otherwise eligible for a driver’s license.

Services and Fees

This service is not covered by Medicare or health insurance. The Easterseals Driver Assessment Program may cost up to $575.00.

Financial Options for Driving Assessment

Private Pay:
Private pay refers to using personal funds to cover all or a portion of an expense. There are different ways to acquire private pay resources.

Find in Your Area

In Connecticut, driving assessments are available through the Easter Seals Mobility Center and Norwalk Hospital Driver Rehabilitation Program.