Drivers Assessment and Training

2018 outcomes

 

For many of us, being able to drive means independence, mobility and a sense of control in our lives. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s unique Driver Assessment and Training service consists of both assessment and training. New or experienced drivers with visual, cognitive, physical, mental health, medical challenges, or changes due to aging may benefit from our services. Since 1978, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been a leader in driver assessment and training for seniors and people with disabilities.

Courage Kenny Driver Assessment is a Minnesota state licensed driving school. We require all people complete a driver assessment prior to beginning any training. The majority of our people participate in a Comprehensive Driver Assessment which is a three-hour appointment.  During the assessment, people participate in an interview, clinical testing to evaluate the critical physical, visual and cognitive skills used while driving, and complete an on-the-road performance in one of the Courage Kenny vehicles. Outcomes from the assessment are discussed with each person at the conclusion of the assessment.  Outcomes may be to continue/return to driving with or without restrictions, completing training/driving lessons, driving cessation or other recommendations.

Demographics:

In 2018, there were 1,121 persons seen for driving assessment, training, or both.

  • Forty percent of people were female and 60% were male.
  • Ninety-seven percent of people spoke English as their primary language, 3% spoke a language other than English

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Client Outcomes

Driving lessons

Of the 165 respondents that took lessons, with one of the purposes of the lessons being to prepare them for the MN state road test, 58% had taken the state road test. Of those that had taken the state road test, 97% passed. The 72 clients who passed the state road test are driving a median of five days a week. Thirty drive to work or school, 44 drive for health-related activities, 45 drive for social activities, and 36 drive for shopping and groceries.

Adaptive equipment evaluation

After completing a driving assessment 46 respondents completed driving lessons to further explore their potential to drive using adaptive equipment and received recommendations for adaptive equipment. Twenty-eight respondents who own their own vehicle had this adaptive equipment installed, and 91% were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their service. Of the 28 who had equipment installed, 21 were driving at the time of the survey a median of three days a week. Seven drive to work or school, 13 drive to health-related appointments, 17 drive to social activities, and 14 drive to grocery and other shopping.

More information

For information about Drivers Services, please call 612-775-2829. To make an appointment for a driver assessment, please call 612-262-7855.