Driving Center

Driver Training Center

Sunnyview's Driver Training Center offers the most comprehensive program of driver assessment, training, retraining, consulting about adaptive driving devices, and on-the-road evaluation for the disabled and elderly. In fact, Sunnyview is the only area hospital with such a program available to the public.

Our trained driver rehabilitation specialists discuss all findings and recommendations with clients and family members, as well as assisting with license renewal information as needed.

From Pre-Assessment to the Road

The program is available to any license-eligible driver, 16 years or older, and begins with a pre-driving assessment of the person's physical, visual/perceptual, and cognitive status. We evaluate:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Sensation
  • Coordination
  • Reaction time
  • Balance
  • Ability to transfer into and out of a vehicle
  • Endurance
  • Acuity
  • Night vision and ability to handle glare
  • Field of vision
  • Depth perception
  • Color vision
  • Visual processing time
  • Attention/concentration
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Reasoning
  • Judgement
  • Understanding the rules of the road

Following the pre-assessment, driver rehabilitation specialists complete a behind-the-wheel evaluation to assess the individual driver's traffic safety potential.

If our staff identify problems, they work with the client and family to address and solve such issues. This may mean training the client and/or installing adaptive equipment to help maximize driving safety.

Our driver education vehicles are equipped with a variety of assistive devices and modified controls for those in need of such equipment. Our certified driving instructors are qualified to assess all areas of driving ability and safety.

Finally, our staff helps select special equipment for the client's own vehicle and recommends local vendors for installation. Following installation, Sunnyview staff will check that it has been placed properly in the vehicle to enhance client safety. Additionally, our staff provides supplemental training with the new equipment, if needed.

The goal is safety. And getting back on the road.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (518) 386-3595.

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