Driver Assessment

What is the Driver Assessment Program?

Our Driver Assessment Program:

  • Is a NC state licensed driving school specializing in drivers with physical disabilities or other conditions that may interfere with motor vehicle operation
  • Is designed to determine if a driving candidate has the physical, mental, and visual abilities to safely operate a motor vehicle after a change in medical status
  • Provides physicians and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles with information and recommendations for further driving privileges
  • Consists of two assessments: a clinical assessment and when appropriate, a behind-the-wheel assessment
  • Provides assessment and recommendations for special adaptive equipment for the vehicle, as well as training for proficiency in using adaptive equipment

Make Safe Driving A Priority

Frye Regional offers a driving assessment program that assesses any mental or physical changes that could get in the way of safe driving. Both clinical and behind-the-wheel assessments are offered.

The Clinical Assessment evaluates the client’s primary driving skills:

  • Strength, endurance, coordination, range of motion, and sensation
  • Abstract thinking and problem solving
  • Memory function
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Attention span and response to distractions
  • Visual acuity, depth perception and field of vision
  • Reaction time
  • Response to various traffic situations
  • Basic knowledge of driving procedures

The Behind-the-Wheel Assessment

Examines the driver’s ability to prepare a motor vehicle for driving, to demonstrate safe driving practices, and to operate the vehicle in various types of traffic

Program Cost

The cost of the driver evaluation is fee based (not covered by insurance). Rates will be discussed when scheduling and will be based on the level of training needed. Please call (828) 315-5354 for more information.

Who Can Benefit?

The Driver Assessment program will assess the skills of persons who have experienced these or other medical conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Arthritis
  • Visual impairments
  • Loss of function due to aging
  • Diabetic conditions
  • Dementia

Referral Information

A written referral from a physician is required.

Participants must also have a valid driver’s license and adequate vision to meet DMV standards. The referring physician will receive an objective report with recommendations following the conclusion of the driving evaluation. Physician referrals may be faxed to 828.315.5587.

Other services

Additional training or education on adaptive equipment is available as a part of our outpatient occupational therapy program.

Please call (828) 315-5354 for more information.

The Driver Assessment Program is offered in the Therapy Services Department at Frye Regional’s main campus located on North Center Street.

Enter through the Therapy Services entrance. Valet parking is available.

The program operates Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

Find Us

Frye Driving Assessment Program
420 N Center St
Hickory, NC 28601

Phone: (828) 315-5354

Fax: (828) 315-5587

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm