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Driving Evaluation

At Fitness to Drive, we offer a comprehensive evaluation of driving skills that looks at the entire driving situation for a particular client.

Medical return to driving test, older driver safety, and adaptive equipment evaluations all include the following components:

Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming driving test? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many people feel anxious when it comes to taking their driving test, and it's natural to worry about making mistakes. However, knowing the most common mistakes that candidates make can help you avoid them and increase your chances of passing with flying colors. In this article, we will discuss the common mistakes to avoid during your driving test and provide you with some tips on how to overcome them.

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Clinical Assessment

This in-office evaluation includes assessment of:

  • Vision- depth perception, peripheral vision, visual spatial skills

  • Cognition - memory, judgment, speed of response

  • Physical function - strength, range of motion and flexibility

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Behind the Wheel Assessment

When appropriate, the following skills will be assessed in our vehicle:

  • Vehicle control

  • Complex reaction time

  • Visual scanning of the environment

  • Problem solving ability

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Immediately after testing, we will discuss your clinical results, driving related strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations. A written report will be sent to your referring physician.​

Tips for avoiding common mistakes during the driving test

Stay calm and focused: Nervousness can lead to errors, so it is important to stay calm and focused throughout the test. Take deep breaths and remind yourself that you have prepared well.

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Understanding the test route and potential challenges

Knowing the test route and potential challenges can give you an advantage during your driving test. Research the test route and try to drive on those roads before the actual test. Pay attention to any tricky intersections, roundabouts, or areas with heavy traffic. By familiarizing yourself with the route and potential challenges, you can mentally prepare for them and avoid making mistakes out of surprise or confusion.


Practicing the skills required for the driving test

Practice makes perfect, and this holds true for the driving test as well. Make sure to practice the skills required for the test, such as parking, turning, merging, and changing lanes. Find an empty parking lot or quiet residential area to practice these maneuvers. It is also beneficial to practice in different weather conditions and at different times of the day to be prepared for any situation you might encounter during the test.


Dealing with unexpected situations during the driving test

During your driving test, you may encounter unexpected situations that require quick thinking and decision-making. It is important to stay calm and respond appropriately. If you are unsure about how to proceed, communicate with your examiner and ask for clarification. Remember, it is better to take a moment to think and make the right decision than to rush and make a mistake.

Safe drivers

Passing your driving test is an important milestone. Remember to stay calm, practice regularly, and be confident in your abilities. We aim to maximize safety and freedom. Good Luck!

Remember to stay calm, practice regularly, and be confident in your abilities.

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