After an accident or medical issue how do you or a loved one know if one is able to safely operate a motor vehicle? Perhaps you are no longer feeling as confident behind the wheel but don’t want to lose your independence. Or you have not had the opportunity to explore if driving as a wheelchair user is an option for you. A driver evaluation will help lay out the risks of driving currently and present options to gain, regain, or maintain your driving independence. There are many organizations throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania that have trained driving evaluators who will assess an individual's needs, recommend additional or adaptable equipment, and provide drivers training if necessary. Here are a few steps to that may be taken to regain or retain your driving independence:

  1. Talk to your doctor to get a referral for a drivers evaluation. Not every drivers evaluation center requires this, but it can be handy to have a referral.

  2. Locate your closest driver evaluation center in Maryland or Pennsylvania, if you are a Veteran be sure to check with your local VA Medical Center.

  3. Meet with a driver evaluator for a consultation. A driver evaluator will find what will work best for your needs, provide training, and write up a referral for the equipment that will inform your local mobility dealer of the specific needs. Here are a few types of equipment you may go over, this is a very simple list there are many high tech driving devices in the industry that allow for nearly anyone to safely operate a vehicle.

    1. Left Foot Accelerator-will relocate the accelerator pedal to the left of the brake

    2. Hand Controls and Steering devices-allows an individual to operate the accelerator and brake with their left or right hand, steering devices allow for ease and flow in steering a vehicle

    3. Reduced Power Steering/Braking-allows for extremely easy steering and braking of the vehicle

    4. Touch Pad Controls-these allow for operation of many vehicle features with the touch of a button

  4. Contact your Total Mobility Services in Maryland or Pennsylvania to discuss the mobility needs and any options they may have. Total Mobility Services will be able to use their expertise to help you find a wheelchair accessible van, truck, or suv. As well as what equipment may help to adapt your current vehicle, such as a transfer seat or wheelchair or scooter lift.

  5. Once all the information gathering is done Total Mobility Services will provide you with a quote and can have their certified technicians install the equipment! Then you’re ready to hit the road! Well, almost. There’s one last step...

  6. Depending on an individual's situation you may no longer have a valid driver's license for your state and if your license is still valid you may be obligated to add some new endorsements. These rules and regulations vary from state-to-state and year-to-year, you will want to check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Evaluation Center (one who administers a road test) to see if the new adaptable equipment needs to be on your driver's license. Very similar to glasses being listed on a driver's license.

Regardless of what your mobility needs are there are many solutions to make your world as accessible as possible, more keep coming out everyday. Total Mobility Services in Maryland and Pennsylvania are here to help find the best solution to meet your mobility needs. Whether you need a wheelchair accessible van, truck, or suv, or installing equipment to make your current vehicle meet your needs.

MD Driver Evaluation Schools

BRECC VMAC
Location: 13505 Winding Trail Court Silver Spring, MD 20906
Contact: Sheila Jackson - shelia.jackson@med.va.gov
Phone: 410-605-7000 ext5804
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Rehabilitation of Frederick
Location: 70 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 101, Frederick, MD 21702
Contact: Timothy Jones
Phone: 301-682-9110

Focus On Function
Location: 1700 Reisterstown Road, Suite 217, Pikesville, MD 21208
Contact: Kim High - khigh@foftherapyservices.com
Phone: 410-484-2761

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Location: 5601 Loch Raven Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21239
Contact: Carol Wheatley
Phone: 443-444-5500

Baker Driving Rehabilitation
Location: 626 Trail Avenue, Frederick MD 21701
Contact: info@bakerdrivingrehab.com
Phone: (240) 575-5856

Sinai Hospital
Location: 2401 W. Belvedere Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215
Contact: N/A
Phone: 410-601-7360

Veterans Affairs Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center
Location: 3900 Loch Raven Blvd.; Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Kim Cunningham - Kimberly.Cunningham2@va.gov
Phone: 410-605-7000, ext# 4616

PA Driver Evaluation Schools

Brants Driving School
Location: 1614 Debran Lane, Johnstown, PA 15905
Contact: info@brantsdrivingschool.com
Phone: 814-255-3313

MossRehab-Jenkintown
Location: 201 Old York Road #100, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Contact: N/A
Phone: 215-884-9050

Penn State Milton Hershey Med Center
Location: 500 Univesrity Dr, Hershey, PA 17033
Contact: N/A
Phone: (717) 531-7105

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
Location: 850 S 5th St, Allentown, PA 18103
Contact: N/A
Phone: 610-776-3517 OR 610-776-8302

Penn Medicine Lancaster Health
Location: Lancaster, PA & Willow Street, PA
Contact: N/A
Phone: (717) 544-3103

Driving Needs
Location: 4202 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509
Contact: N/A
Phone: (814) 833-2301

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