Drive Safe Program
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Clients who demonstrate the underlying skills for driving proceed with the next step in the driving evaluation process - an on-road assessment with a licensed driving instructor in a specially equipped vehicle. The on-road assessment evaluates the client’s performance in real traffic situations. The results of the on-road assessment are combined with the clinical assessment to determine fitness to drive.
Client and family/caregiver education about driving with specific medical conditions, planning for the future, and community resources is an integral part of the Drive Safe program.
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|What happens on the day of my driving evaluation?
The clinical evaluation will take one and a half to two hours to complete. At the end of the evaluation, the occupational therapist will review the results and recommendations concerning driving ability with the client and family, if present. Clients who demonstrate the underlying skills for driving will be provided with the necessary information to proceed with the on-road assessment. The on-road assessment will take place on another day with the driving instructor.
When the driving evaluation indicates that the client should not continue driving, the occupational therapist discusses alternative transportation options that enable independence and participation in valued daily activities.
|What should I bring to my evaluation?
Clients are asked to bring the following items with them on the day of the evaluation:
|How do I pay for my Drive Safe evaluation?
Drive Safe is a fee-for-service program. Clients are encouraged to check their insurance plans for coverage and reimbursement guidelines. The clinical evaluation fee is $225. Payment is expected at the time of service. You may choose to submit this information to your insurance company to determine if driving evaluations are a covered benefit. You will be responsible for these charges regardless of any coverage determination by your insurance company. The fee for the on-road assessment is set by the driving instructor’s company, is payable at the time of that evaluation, and is separate and exclusive of the payment for the Drive Safe clinical evaluation performed at NWH Rehabilitation Services.
|Where do the results go?
The occupational therapist will send a report to the referring physician and any other requested or necessary parties. The report summarizes the results of the evaluation and the therapist’s recommendations. If a client does not follow a recommendation to stop driving, a report can be sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Please Note: the Drive Safe Program is not affiliated with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and does not have the authority to revoke a driver’s license.
|What are the Registry of Motor Vehicle requirements?
The RMV Medical Affairs Policy states: “It is a customer's responsibility to report any medical condition that may affect his/her ability to operate a motor vehicle. If a customer has a medical condition which he/she believes may affect his/her ability to operate, he/she must report the condition to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and not operate a motor vehicle until the condition is resolved. A customer is legally responsible for his/her actions behind the wheel. There are no mandatory reporting laws for health care providers to report persons who may be unsafe to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.”
If you or your physician are uncertain if your medical condition renders you unable to safely operate a motor vehicle, you will benefit from a Drive Safe evaluation.
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The Drive Safe Program is located at the Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center, 159 Wells Avenue, in Newton.
Debra Kerrigan, MS, OTR/L
Drive Safe Program - Department of Rehabilitation Services
Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center
159 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 0249
Phone: 617-243-6172 | Fax: 617-243-6651 | Email
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