Are you or a family member questioning your driving ability and safety?
Consider the Driver Readiness Program at an Aurora Rehabilitation Center
If your doctor feels that you could be a danger on the road, he/she is obligated to report this information to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) via the "Driver Condition or Behavior Report." The following information will give you the opportunity to decide if our program could help you.
What should you know if you go to the DMV?
- If you go to the DMV, you will be required to re-take a vision, written and behind-the-wheel test which they refer to as a "skills test."
- If you voluntarily go to the DMV, you will be charged $15 for the skills test.
- If your doctor fills out a "Driver Condition or Behavior Report" and sends information about your medical status, the DMV will then notify you with information about how you should proceed and the time frame you have to complete the requirements – which you will be able to complete free of charge.
- You will be given one chance to pass the vision exam; if you do not pass, you will receive a vision exam report to take to your vision specialist for additional testing and recommendations to meet the state's vision driving standards.
- You will be given 5 chances to pass a written and highway signs test; if you do not pass, you will have a designated waiting period before attempting the test again, unless special circumstances are present.
- You will then go through a behind-the-wheel assessment in which the examiner will determine your driving abilities; if you do not pass on the first attempt, the examiner will determine if you will be allowed to retake the exam.
- If the examiner determines that it would benefit you to have practice for driving ability improvement, an instruction permit will be granted at a cost of $25 and will be good for 1 year. The permit allows you to drive only with a licensed driver present in the car. You can then retake the behind-the-wheel exam before the permit expires.
- Once you have exhausted all of the above testing and do not pass, your license is canceled/revoked.
Why should you consider seeing an occupational therapist at an Aurora Rehabilitation Center for a Driver Readiness Evaluation?
- Taking a clinic (skills) evaluation with an Aurora occupational therapist and a behind-the-wheel evaluation with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) or Licensed Driving Instructor (LDI) will allow you to be educated on the options for continued driving and driver training.
- You will first have the opportunity to take the 1-hour clinic (skills) evaluation prior to determining further needs you may have, at a cash charge of $150. This evaluation provides an in-depth look at strength and movement, coordination, reaction time, vision, attention, and concentration.
- You will then be required to take a behind-the-wheel evaluation. There is an additional cost for this portion of the evaluation and it will be performed at a different facility.
- The CDRS/LDI will test your driving skills in their car at their clinic site or you can choose to have them come to your home for an additional cost to be tested in the areas you will most likely be driving.
- Recommendations will then be given to you. They may include:
- ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and resume independent driving
- ability to safely operate a motor vehicle with adaptive equipment
- ability to safely operate a motor vehicle with restrictions
- potential to operate a motor vehicle safely with behind-the-wheel instruction to determine ability to use adaptive equipment or ability to re-learn driving skills
- driving is not recommended (submission of a medical report to Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles is required)
- Occupational therapists and a CDRS/LDI can work with you to improve your driving skills.
- You may be referred to other medical providers, such as a vision specialist or physical, occupational or speech therapist to address problems you may be having that affect driving safety.
- Further driver training can be provided and vehicle modifications or adaptations can be made to assist you in returning to independent driving.
- All of your efforts will be documented to show that you took the steps to demonstrate your driving abilities/safety.
Please contact the Aurora Sinai Medical Center at 414-219-5241 or Aurora West Allis Medical Center at 414-328-6633 if you would like to schedule a Driver Readiness Evaluation.
Locations that offer this service
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St., 4th floor
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Rehabilitation Day Program
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227