Driving Assessment

My name is Sharon Reynolds, Customer Liaison & Information Officer, raising awareness of the Regional Driving Assessment Centre

We are an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres.

We help people maintain independence through mobility.

We are dedicated to helping disabled people of all ages and the elderly maintain their independent mobility safely and to help those travelling as passengers in vehicles and their carers’. We provide several types of assessments for drivers and passengers at our centres which are conducted by our highly trained occupational therapists and driving advisers with many years of experience.

The Regional Driving Assessment centre pride ourselves in the successful running of Birmingham, Oxford, Cannock, Hull & Northampton assessment centres with highly professional trained staff.

As an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres we are the only organisation from whom:
•the DVLA will refer to for driving assessments in the private sector
•Motability will refer to for assessments of their customers as drivers or passengers.

We offer a range of assessments for people:

Driving Ability Assessment: If people have had a full licence, this assessment looks at both their ability to control the vehicle and to deal with traffic and other road users. This is ideal for who are still able to access a car seat unaided that may or may not require adaptations to their car. They may have had a head injury, stroke or other medical condition, or just need to know that they still have the ability to drive safely.

People who are concerned about learning to drive who may have physical or cognitive problems

Advice on adaptations for people who have a physical disability and need advice on car adaptations but do not need to drive from a wheelchair. We are able to an opportunity to try out equipment in our vehicles which are all dual controlled for safety.

Specialist Vehicle Assessments for people who need high technology solutions and those who are unable to transfer into a vehicle independently or are unable to stow their wheelchair. Although the high technology equipment is fitted to large vehicles that can accommodate people driving from a wheelchair some can also be fitted to smaller vehicles for those who can still transfer.

Passenger/Carer Assessment: This service is for passengers who have difficulty getting in and out of a vehicle. The assessment explores a range of options including the use of specialist transfer and stowage equipment and wheelchair accessible vehicles. It may also benefit carers who are experiencing difficulty assisting the transfer of clients or relatives.

Other services include:

Driving Lessons: We are able to offer familiarisation lessons from the centre for those people who require vehicles with new controls and refresher training for those who need to improve the standard of their driving.

Car seat clinics for disabled children travelling in cars

The centre has a team of dedicated specially trained Driving Advisers (specialist driving instructors), Occupational Therapists and Administration staff who can offer invaluable advice regarding information as well as reassurance to people who we understand may have concerns and feel anxious about driving with a disability.

Should you require any further Information/Leaflets/Poster for display of our service or would like a member of our team to come out to you to give a talk/presentation, then please do not hesitate to contact me on 0845 337 1540 or via email either directly sreynolds@rdac.co.uk or info@rdac.co.uk if you would like us to post to you more leaflets and a poster for display. All presentations/talks, leaflets & posters are free of charge.