Driving Program

Driving safety evaluations after stroke, brain injury or other medical condition

Blue and white, four-door driving evaluation vehicle parked in front of a two story building.

Driving safety evaluations after stroke, brain injury or other medical condition

The Scripps Driving Program is designed to evaluate and provide information for patients, families and the medical team regarding returning to driving. The medical team recognizes that driving is an important part of our lives, independence and well-being.

Using a series of standardized assessments, our occupational therapists and driving rehab specialists will determine whether it’s safe for you or your loved one to continue or resume driving. Our driving program includes a clinical assessment, driving simulator and on-the-road testing in our dual-control car.

Driving rehab location

Driving rehab location

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Date: Every Mon – Fri (except holidays)

Time: Appointment times are scheduled at a convenient time for you 

Doctor’s orders required. Call for an appointment.

Who can benefit?

The driving program at Scripps is especially valuable for teen to senior drivers who have experienced or are currently managing symptoms related to the following diagnoses: 

  • Age-related changes
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Brain injury
  • Chronic disabilities
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Other neuro-muscular conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Stroke

The following items are needed prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • Doctor referral
  • Recent medical records
  • Valid driver license or instruction permit

What does the evaluation consist of?

Clinic evaluation

  • Vision testing
  • Reaction time (driving simulator)
  • Cognitive testing
  • Endurance
  • Active range of motion and strength
  • Coordination and sensation

On-the-road evaluation

If the results of the clinic evaluation demonstrate that an on-the-road evaluation is safe and appropriate, then the evaluation will continue in the Scripps’ specially adapted car. The driving assessment vehicle has dual brake and accelerator and other features that allow our driving rehab therapist to control the vehicle during testing.