Driving is often an important part of a person’s lifestyle, representing freedom and independence. However, it is also a complex task involving physical ability, vision, cognitive ability and emotional skills. Any changes or loss of function in any one of these abilities due to ageing, illness or injury, may affect a person’s ability to drive.
Sometimes people are not aware of changes in their abilities and need to be guided by their health professionals and family to determine whether their driving ability is at risk.
Occupational therapists support people to be as independent as possible in the activities of their everyday life. All OTs are registered health professionals and those who conduct driving assessments have completed specialised post-graduate training.