Driving After Brain Injury
Everyone wants to know when they can start driving after sustaining a brain injury. It's one of the first questions asked.
Driving is a pretty complicated thing and not to be taken lightly. You have to be able to pay attention to several things at once, remember where you are headed, and be a good problem solver. You definitely need your executive skills to drive!
Some Scary Facts:
- The leading cause of brain injury for teenagers is car crashes
- Guys ages 14-24 are at the highest risk for having a brain injury
- Compared to other drivers, teenagers are less likely to wear seatbelts
- A larger proportion of teenage crashes involve speeding or going too fast for road conditions, compared to other drivers
- Peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, impulsivity...all contribute to accidents that cause brain injury
Are you Capable?
Physically able (arms, legs, feet, hands)
***ask therapists or doctors
Are there Legal Issues?
Passed DMV testing
Current Permit or License
Current accident report, if applicable
Current Records, if any
***ask DMV, Police, Attorney
Are you Responsible?
Go where you say you’re going
***ask Mom, Dad, or Caregiver
Driver Rehabilitation Program
Roger C. Peace is one of just two facilities in the state to offer a Driver Rehabilitation Program. The program is conducted by a team of Occupational Therapists, specialty trained in Driver Education and Driver Rehabilitation. A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist helps those with functional impairments, often related to trauma, illness, aging or psychological changes, to meet their driving goals. The Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist can provide invaluable information related to the persons’ physical and cognitive abilities related to safe driving.
For more information on the Driver’s Rehabilitation Program, please call 864-455-4959.
Watch for these WARNING SIGNS when your teenager is driving:
- Inappropriate driving speeds
- Is slow to identify and avoid potentially hazardous situations
- Needs help or instruction from passengers
- Doesn't observe signs or signals or speed limits
- Does not respond to important road, traffic or warning information
- Easily frustrated or confused
- Pattern of getting lost, even in familiar areas
- Collisions or near misses
- Blames their driving mistakes on the behavior of other drivers
Click on the links below for information regarding driving after brain injury: