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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

 


 

 Q. WHAT DOES A DRIVING ASSESSMENT ENTAIL?

 

A driving assessment evaluates the physical and cognitive ability of the individual. This is achieved by use of a *static assessment rig which is the set up of a car with steering wheel, foot pedals and various driving adaptations and is linked to a computer. Re action times to braking and steering strengths are recorded, together with a short interview it provides information of what if any driving adaptations are required. Next a vision test is undertaken on Keystone Vision equipment and you will be asked to read a number plate at the required legal distance. If the client has a medical condition that could affect their cognitive ability to drive in safety, for example following a head injury, stroke or someone with memory problems, cognitive testing is undertaken at this point by the centre’s Occupational Therapist.

Following the aforementioned procedures, the client is taken for an on road assessment using adaptations if considered necessary. Time is given for the client to familiarise themselves with the centres vehicles before progressing onto public roads.

This is not a Driving Standard Agency Driving Test, it is merely an assessment of the client’s ability to drive in safety, their ability to read road situations, react to other road users and control a vehicle safely.

 

*The Static Rig evaluation is only available at the South Wales Centre.

 

At the North, Mid and West Wales centres the reaction times, braking strengths

physical restrictions (if any) are evaluated in car.

 

 


 

Q. HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING AN ASSESSMENT?


We send out an application form for you to complete and return and we will then arrange an appointment

 

 


 

Q. CAN I DRIVE MY OWN VEHICLE FOR THE ASSESSMENT?


Clients are unable to drive their own vehicles for assessment. The centre’have dual controlled vehicles. In exceptional circumstances where the mobility centre does not have a suitably adapted vehicle and the client is driving with controls that are not available in the centre’s assessment vehicle, the driving assessor at his discretion may undertake the assessment in clients own vehicle providing the client is able to provide documentation to prove the vehicle is adequately insured and holds a valid MOT.

 


Q. HOW MUCH DOES AN ASSESSMENT COST?

A full driving assessment costs £95.00. We also offer Passenger assessments at £95.00, familiarisation driving lessons at £35.00. Of course information when you contact the centre’s is completely free. It is recommended that you contact the mobility centre if you are unsure of what service you require. Fees for an assessment for solicitors clients are £650.

 

 


 

Q. WILL I BE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HIGHWAY CODE?


You will not be asked Highway Code questions but you will be expected to recognise and follow road signs

 

 


 

Q. I HAVEN'T DRIVEN FOR SOME TIME, WILL THIS BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION?

 

The driving assessors are experienced in dealing with situations such as this therefore consideration will be given as will consideration be given to those driving with adaptations for the first time.

 

 


 

Q. I LIVE IN A RURAL AREA AND I NEVER DRIVE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC OR TOWN CENTRES, WOULD I BE EXPECTED TO DRIVE IN TOWN TRAFFIC ON THE ASSESSMENT?


The mobility centres have a variety of routes. All routes consist of major and minor roads and roundabouts, road calming measures and traffic lights.

 

 


 

Q. HOW SOON CAN I RESUME DRIVING FOLLOWING MY ILLNESS?

 

This depends on your medical condition and you should either telephone the mobility centre for advice or consult the DVLA website section “Medical Conditions”

 

 


 

Q. HOW DO I PAY FOR MY ASSESSMENT?

 

You can pay by cash or cheque and we accept all major credit/debit cards.

 

 


 

Q. DO I NEED A DRIVING LICENCE TO HAVE A DRIVING ASSESSMENT?


We are unable to undertake an on road assessment if you do not have a valid licence but we can try various adaptations and evaluate your physical strengths and use the vision and cognitive testing equipment. Therefore it is advised that you telephone the mobility centre to ascertain whether it would be advantageous or not to attend without a licence.

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