Driving Safety Evaluations

Test your driving skills after a stroke or brain injury

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

Test your driving skills after a stroke or brain injury

People who want to determine their capacity to safely drive a motor vehicle after having a stroke or brain injury, or whose driving skills have diminished due to age, may benefit from the comprehensive driving evaluation program at Scripps Health.

Through a series of objective evaluations, our occupational therapists and driving rehab therapist can help take the guesswork out of whether it is safe for you or your loved one to continue or resume driving. The driving evaluation program combines a clinical assessment, driving simulator and on-the-road testing in our dual-control car.

Driving safety program

An elderly woman sits in the driver’s seat with her hands on the steering wheel as part of a driving rehabilitation session.

Driving safety program

Learn more about the driving safety test and who can benefit.

Driving rehab location

Driving rehab location

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Date: Every Mon. – Fri. (except holidays)

Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Doctor’s orders required. Call for an appointment.

Driving evaluation program

The driving evaluation program at Scripps is especially valuable for people who have experienced or are currently managing symptoms related to:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Age-related deficits
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Other neuro-muscular conditions

The testing process

As part of the driving evaluation, patients undergo a series of a tests that may include the following:

Clinical evaluation

This helps test patients’ motor skills, range of motion and cognitive functioning.

Virtual assessment on an interactive, zero-risk driving simulator

This technology allows patients to navigate through an on-screen, virtual road trip while correctly using a steering wheel, dashboard, brakes and gas pedals. A computer records the participant’s reactions to various situations while a therapist observes behavioral responses to each challenge.

On-the-road test

Patients who test well on the driving simulator (and who have a valid California driver’s license) can complete their evaluation in Scripps’ specially adapted car. Our driving assessment vehicle has dual brakes and other features that allow our driving rehab therapist to control the vehicle at any time during testing.


Altogether the assessment identifies and evaluates all of the skills required by safe drivers, including:

  • Peripheral vision
  • Reaction time
  • Depth perception
  • Concentration
  • Endurance