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Occupational Therapy: Pre-Driver’s Assessment Program

For many adults, driving represents independence, freedom, competence, and control. It is a way to access health care, buy necessities, and stay connected to family and friends. When illness or injury limits driving abilities, a deeply personal and emotional change may occur, so returning to driving becomes a top priority for many individuals.

Successful completion of a pre-driver’s assessment helps identify problems that interfere with safe driving and reassures health care providers, family members, and patients of their competency to drive.

What Is a Pre-Driver Assessment Program?

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Pre-Driver’s Assessment Program provides patients with an opportunity to return to safe driving. The assessment includes visual, cognitive, perceptual, and physical components. If patients successfully pass the pre-driver’s assessment, they may be referred to a certified driving specialist at the Center for Assistive Technology where they can complete an on-road assessment.

Are You a Candidates?

Clients who are ideal for this service include those who have:

  • Neurological impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Perceptual impairment
  • Physical impairment
  • Age-related impairment
  • A desire to receive feedback about their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle

Prior to scheduling an appointment, the patient must have a prescription from their physician and a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The Pre-Driver’s Assessment Program costs $135.00 and is not covered by insurance.

The Pre-Driver’s Assessment Program takes place at the following CRS locations:

The on-road assessment takes place at:

  • Center for Assistive Technology
    Forbes Tower, Suite 3010
    3600 Forbes Ave. and Meyran Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a pre-driver’s assessment, call UPMC Centers for Rehab Services at 412-673-6660, ext. 222.