Return to Driving Following Stroke, SCI and Brain Injury

 

Why might you need a Medical Driving Evaluation?  

A spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke or other neurological condition can affect more than just your mobility and strength.  Many factors can come into play: vision, reaction time, spasticity, memory, safety awareness, verbal skills, and spatial awareness. 

These factors affect not only how you drive, but how you respond to other when you are on the road.  Our goal at STEPS is to make your transition back to driving as successful and easy, as possible, even if that means accepting that you may need to wait until you get more cognitive/motor recovery before getting back behind the wheel.  A medical driving evaluation is a valuable tool that helps give you the insight you need to make a good decision about when it is safe to return to driving.

Here are some functional skills that you need to consider before you return to drive.  If you struggle with any of the following, consider asking your PT/OT/ST to help you with these goals:

  1. Can you get into and out of the car with independence and safety?
  2. Can you get your equipment into and out of the car (wheelchair, walker, crutches) safely?
  3. Can you pick up your keys if you drop them on the ground?
  4. Can you route find where you are going and remember how to get home?
  5. Do you have awareness of traffic safety laws and show good judgment when on the road?
  6. Do you have a plan of what to do if you get in an accident while driving?
  7. Do you have an emergency preparedness card that describes your impairments to show police if you are pulled over for a traffic violation (ex. aphasia card)?

 Here is the contact information for Medical Driving Evaluation:

 Paul Riley-  paulriley54@gmail.com     Cell: (919) 423-1611   Office: (919) 477-9465     Fax: (919) 973-2974

Paul Riley- paulriley54@gmail.com    Cell: (919) 423-1611   Office: (919) 477-9465     Fax: (919) 973-2974

 
 Cyndee Crompton, MS, OT, CDRS  Phone: (336) 697-7841   Toll Free: (888) 888-0039

Cyndee Crompton, MS, OT, CDRS  Phone: (336) 697-7841   Toll Free: (888) 888-0039

  • UNC Driving Simulator
  • Prescription for OT Eval-Driving Assessment Required
  • (919) 595-9641
  • Duke Driving Program | Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • DUMC Box 3965 Durham, NC 27710
  • For information, call 919-684-2445

RENTAL CARS

ENTERPRISE CAR RENTALS FOR CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES (Please note that Next STEP provides this information from Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a courtesy to our clients and their families.  Other car rental companies may have similar offers.  STEPS for Recovery does not have an affiliation with Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Wheelchair Get-Aways.)

Adaptive Driving Devices

Enterprise is committed to providing a range of Adaptive Driving Devices for our customers with disabilities. Adaptive Driving Devices include hand controls, left foot accelerators, spinner knobs, and pedal extenders. Such devices are available at no additional charge.

While Enterprise Rent-A-Car will use good faith efforts to satisfy requests for vehicles with hand controls, left foot accelerators, spinner knobs, or pedal extenders, as soon as reasonably practical, we may require up to two to three business day notice for vehicles equipped with Adaptive Driving Devices depending on the location of the branch where such a vehicle is requested. However, at certain major airport locations*, vehicles equipped with Adaptive Driving Devices may be available with as little as 8 or 24 hours advance notice. The foregoing timeframes are subject to delays beyond Enterprise's reasonable control.

Surrogate Drivers

Customers with disabilities who do not have a driver's license can still rent with Enterprise Rent-A-Car when accompanied by a surrogate driver who presents a valid driver's license. Minimum age restrictions and other normal rental qualifications apply, but there is no additional charge for the surrogate driver and the surrogate driver need not produce a credit card or otherwise be required to meet our financial underwriting requirements.

To Make a Reservation

For more information or to make a reservation; please call our National Reservation Center at (866) 225-4284. Enterprise Rent-A-Car accepts relay calls. Deaf or hard of hearing users of TTY devices, please dial (866) 534-9270.

If You Wish to Rent a Lift-Equipped Van

Enterprise does not offer lift-equipped vans for rental. In many major metropolitan areas, specialty companies offer vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts and other devices for both short-term and long-term rental. Wheelchair Getaways and Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals are such companies and you can contact Wheelchair Getaways at www.wheelchairgetaways.com or (800) 642-2042 and Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals at reservations@wheelersvanrentals.com or (800)-456-1371. Please note that Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides this information as a courtesy to its customers only. Wheelchair Getaways and Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals are not affiliated with Enterprise Rent-A-Car or any of its subsidiaries.

Customer Service

For customer service inquiries relating to customers with disabilities, please call (866) 225-4284, email us at Mobility@erac.com, or TTY us at (866) 534-9270.

Enterprise.com FAQ's for Customers with Disabilities

What types of Adaptive Driving Devices does Enterprise Rent-A-Car offer to customers with disabilities?

Enterprise is committed to providing a range of Adaptive Driving Devices for our customers with disabilities.  Adaptive Driving Devices include hand controls, left foot accelerator, spinner knobs and pedal extenders.  Such devices are available at no additional charge.

What number do I call to reserve a car equipped with an Adaptive Driving Device?

To make a reservation, please call our National Reservation Center at (866) 225-4284.

How much notice should I provide if I want to rent a car equipped with an Adaptive Driving Device?

While Enterprise Rent-A-Car will always use good faith efforts to satisfy requests for vehicles with hand controls, spinner knobs or pedal extenders as soon as reasonably practical, we may require up to two to three business day notice for vehicles equipped with Adaptive Driving Devices depending on the location of the branch where such a vehicle is requested.  However, at certain major airport locations*, vehicles equipped with Adaptive Driving Devices may be available with as little as 8 or 24 hour notice.

If I am a person with a disability and do not have a driver’s license, can I rent a car from Enterprise?

Yes. If due to a disability you do not have a valid driver's license, you may still rent a car when accompanied by a surrogate driver who presents a valid driver's license.  Minimum age restrictions and other normal rental qualifications apply, but there is no additional charge for the surrogate driver and the surrogate driver need not produce a credit card or otherwise be required to meet our financial underwriting requirements.

Does Enterprise Rent-A-Car offer lift-equipped vans for rental?

We do not.  In many major metropolitan areas, specialty companies offer vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts and other devices for both short-term and long-term rental. Wheelchair Getaways is one such company, and you can contact Wheelchair Getaways at www.wheelchairgetaways.com or (800) 642-2042.  Please note that Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides this information as a courtesy to its customers only.  Wheelchair Getaways is not affiliated with Enterprise Rent-A-Car or any of its subsidiaries.

If I am deaf or hard of hearing, is there a number I can dial that has TTY services?

Yes.  Enterprise Rent-A-Car accepts relay calls. Deaf or hard of hearing users of TTY devices, please dial (866) 534-9270.

What should I do if I have questions or concerns regarding Enterprise's rental car services for customers with disabilities?

For customer service inquiries relating to customers with disabilities, please call (866) 225-4284, e-mail us at Mobility@erac.com, or TTY us at (866) 534-9270