Many unexpected events have an impact on an individual’s driving abilities. Individual who suffer a severe heart attack, stroke, head or neck trauma, or are involved in a serious vehicle or home accident will quite often have to adapt their driving techniques and habits to compensate for the residual effects of such an event. In many cases, as part of the recovery process, the attending physician will want to have their patient undergo a driving evaluation to see if he or she is capable of driving safely, especially if the event has affected their physical skills, their cognitive skills, their vision, their range of motion, their reaction time, or their motor skills. Additionally, some medications prescribed following such events will have an impact on an individual’s driving.
At Nathan’s Driving School, we are very experienced in conducting objective driver evaluations. Our patient and understanding instructors are trained to observe an individual’s physical skills, decision-making skills, and social skills to determine whether he or she operates the vehicle safely during the evaluation time. In many cases, only minor adjustments in driving habits are suggested, but in some cases, a couple of actual driving lessons may be suggested. In extreme cases, the individual may be advised that he or she should not be driving at all because of his or her inability to operate the vehicle safely.
Once our instructor has finished the one hour evaluation, he or she will verbally review his or her observations, making suggestions or reaffirming adjustments that should be made in the individual’s driving techniques, defensive driving habits, etc. If he or she feels that it would be appropriate for the individual to take a couple of hours of driving lessons as a refresher, that recommendation would be made. Additionally, if the instructor feels that the individual is not safe to operate a motor vehicle, he or she would relay that information as well.
Within two days of the evaluation, the instructor will prepare a written report that will be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the individual, the individual’s doctor, and anyone else that the individual advises us to send it to. This written report will detail the observations of the instructor and will include any suggestions to improve the individual’s driving habits, the need for driving lessons to refresh or correct any unsafe habits, or limitations that the instructor feels are appropriate.
The evaluation time in the car is approximately one hour. We come to your home to meet you for the evaluation as long as you are in our service area of Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, or Gwinnett county. If you live outside our service area, we can make arrangements to meet you someplace within our service area.
The fee for the one hour in-car evaluation and the preparation and distribution of the written report is $199.00.
Note: You must have a valid driver’s license for us to provide this service.