Is keeping your driver’s license a problem because your physical condition has changed as a result of a health issue, getting older, etc.? Occupational therapists trained in this subject can assess your skills for safe driving a vehicle, make recommendations to the SAAQ and provide you with advice to ensure your safety (and that of your passengers) on the road.
Why see an occupational therapist to assess your ability to drive safely?
Any change in your ability to drive a vehicle should always be reported to the SAAQ (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec). You may want or need to see a qualified occupational therapist to assess your safe driving skills if you or someone close to you has noticed changes in your skills.
You may also need to consult following any change in your physical or mental condition, such as loss of vision in one eye, the onset of cognitive difficulties, etc. If your doctor has any doubts about your ability to drive, they may also request an evaluation.
Based on his assessment, the occupational therapist will make his recommendations to the SAAQ, which will make the final decision on whether or not to maintain your driver's licence. You will also get tips to stay safe while driving or to help you find other safe means of transportation.
How is this assessment done?
The evaluation includes a series of tests and simulations, in the clinic and on the road, in order to paint an overall picture of your skills. It takes place in two sessions.
The first session takes place in the clinic and lasts about 2 hours, during which the occupational therapist will assess your physical and cognitive abilities.
The second session takes the form of a road test, lasting 45 to 60 minutes, accompanied by a driving instructor. The objective of this test is to assess your technical skills, your ability to operate the vehicle, your driving strategies, your behaviour on the road and compliance with the Highway Safety Code.