Comprehensive Drivers Program

For Grand Traverse and the surrounding counties, Munson Healthcare provides a full spectrum drivers program through our rehabilitation services department. Staffed by an occupational therapist who also holds a Driver Education Instructor license, our comprehensive program is licensed by the State of Michigan. We evaluate the skills required for safe driving and community mobility.

Drivers Assessments Provide Safety Evaluation

The purpose of our driver assessment is to provide information regarding your safety when driving an automobile following a change in medical status. This 2-part assessment consists of:

  • Part 1: In-clinical evaluation to examine physical, visual perceptual, and cognitive abilities
  • Part 2: On-the-road evaluation in the driver assessment vehicle on a fixed route that encompasses all in-town driving maneuvers necessary to be a competent vehicle operator.

Each section of the evaluation takes approx. 1.5 hours.  You must pass the in-clinic portion before being allowed to complete the on-the-road testing.  A discussion of your results and clinician recommendations will be reviewed with you at the conclusion of each portion of the assessment.

Driving Readiness Determines Improved Abilities

The purpose of the Part 1, in-clinic evaluation is to provide information regarding the presence or emergence of skills required for driving. The program consists of a clinical evaluation to examine physical, visual perceptual and cognitive abilities, as well as general road sign knowledge. The evaluation takes approximately two hours, including discussion of results and recommendations.

In the event that you are not able to pass the in-clinic portion of the evaluation, but you possess the skills necessary to rehabilitate the areas marked for improvement, there is behind-the-wheel instruction available.  These training sessions allow you to work on developing practical and safe driving skills with an instructor present.  Training sessions are scheduled for 1 hour increments with a certified driving instructor in a modified driver’s assessment vehicle.

Patients who have the following diagnosis benefit from our drivers assessment program:

  • Stroke/CVA
  • TBI
  • Teens & adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy

Adaptive Equipment Assessment and Training

Our adaptive equipment assessment and training evaluates the physical needs of any participant and also trains individuals to be proficient in driving with hand controls or other adaptive equipment options. Patients who have the following diagnosis benefit from our adaptive training:

  • Amputations
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral vascular accidents
  • Chronic orthopedic injuries
  • Neuropathy
  • Spinal cord injuries

This assessment consists of the in-clinic and on-the-road evaluations, as well as additional one-hour training sessions with adaptive equipment in the driver assessment vehicle. The number of sessions needed is based on each individual’s needs.

Enhanced Services in Kingsley and Traverse City in Collaboration With Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation 

Better-than-ever specialized and coordinated care is what our patients can expect with our expanded collaboration with one of the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. Our health care team works closely with experts from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation to enhance rehab services for our northern Michigan communities.

Our health care team includes physiatrists and physician assistants who provide integrated, coordinated, and high-quality rehabilitation. Their expertise includes complex medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Our enhanced drivers assessment program is available in Traverse City.

Contact Us for Drivers Program Information

For more information about any of our drivers program services, call 231-935-0388 to speak to one of our team members.