The importance of a driver evaluation by a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

The importance of a driver evaluation by a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

Driver evaluations may seem like a waste of time, especially if you’ve been driving a mobility vehicle for years. However, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn and be able to put to use behind the wheel after meeting with a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist! Here’s what you need to know before scheduling your evaluation:

What is a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist?

A Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, or CDRS for short, are independent contractors who are trained or certified to assess the driving abilities of people whose disabilities affect their ability to drive. They also work with the state to provide driver training and education to drivers with disabilities and their caregivers.

What can I expect during a CDRS driver evaluation?

During a driving evaluation, your CDRS will start by performing a physical assessment out of the vehicle. This will include assessing your strength, range of motion, reflexes, cognition, and more. Next up is the clinical test. In this step you’ll get behind the wheel and your CDRS will work with you to find the best adaptive equipment for your needs.

Why are driver evaluations by a CDRS important?

Driver evaluations aren’t just another hoop to jump through in your journey to purchasing a mobility vehicle. In fact, even if you’ve owned a mobility vehicle in the past— they can still be incredibly helpful. That’s because CDRSs are up-to-date on all the latest recommendations for adaptive driving aids. They may have innovative ideas to assist you drive safely and comfortably. Your CDRS may also identify an issue you never even thought of that could pop up when you are driving and help you to find a solution.

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