Regardless of where you live in the country, these resources provide you with driving self-assessment methods, online tools to find a driving rehabilitation specialist, help you maximize safety on the road, and find transportation alternatives to driving. Our California Driving Resources page provides similar information specific to California.
Find information on how Parkinson's affects driving, tips to help you discuss with a loved one that it may be time for them to stop driving, and how MDs assess a person's ability to drive safety on our Driving and PD page.
This 11-page downloadable PDF features a 15-question self-rating driving assessment exercise designed to help you examine your driving performance. After answering the questions, follow the instructions to calculate your score and get information about your driving performance. The driving assessment will list your strengths and weaknesses, along with suggestions for how to improve your driving.
This series of eight web pages is published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association outlines the physical effects of aging, as well as tips on coping with them so that you remain a safe driver as long as you can.
A six page booklet published by National Center on Senior Transportation that suggests what older drivers can do to assure ongoing safety as a driver. Suggestions include self assessment or professional driving assessment, take a driving refresher course, ensure you are driving the right car for you, change your driving habits to meet your changing abilities, and make a mobility plan for when you stop driving. Resources to put each suggestion into action are provided.
Note: private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare do not pay for driver evaluations. Possible sources for coverage include vocational rehabilitation programs, independent living programs, workers compensation benefit payments, or private pay.
Contact your local rehabilitation hospital's occupational therapy department for information on OTs who are driving specialists.
Published by Association for Driver Rehabilition Specialists
Nationwide directory of ADRS members. Look for "Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists" or "Driver Rehabilitation Specialists."
Published by the American Occupational Therapy Association
This search tool allows you to find occupational therapists trained to evaluate driving in your area of the country.
Note, the tool has a glitch. You will not get any results if you enter 'Unknown' in either of the last two search parameters.
AAA offers the Roadwise Driver course online for a fee. AAA members receive a discount. It is designed to help you hone your driving skills, learn about new vehicle technology, and offers driving tips to be a better, safer driver.
After successfully completing the course those with AAA auto insurance will receive a auto insurance premium discount. People with auto insurance through other providers may also be eligible for an auto insurance premium discount. Check with your insurance provider for details.
AARP offers an older driver safety course online for a fee (usually $27.95). The course covers the effects of medication on driving, how to reduce driver distractions, how to maintain proper following distance, proper use of safety technology found in cars today, techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way, and roundabouts, age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Note that successful completion of course may lead to lower auto insurance premium.
Find the right car and any aids needed for safe driving.
Visual Edge improves visual processing speed and "useful field of view"—how much of a scene you can take in with a quick glance. When driving, this helps you notice things in your peripheral vision more quickly, so you can react faster and avoid an accident.
Steer Clear exercises the ability to track multiple moving objects. Behind the wheel, this skill helps you keep an eye on the many cars, pedestrians, and other objects moving around.
It takes about 6-10 hours to complete Drivesharp.
List by state of supplemental transportation programs for those needing alternative transportation.
Searchable database of transportation alternatives. (topic=transportation)
Last updated October 2020 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach.