OT Strategies: How to have Positive Driving Conversations with Clients

Is your client a driver? Are you ready to help, but not sure where to start?

Use these resources:

  • To initiate positive conversations on safe driving and community mobility.
  • As general education for drivers, families, physicians, and other members of the medical team.
  • To lead short educational presentations.

Educational resources for vehicle technology, physical fitness, driving wellness, and future driving plans

  • MyCarDoesWhat.org (www.mycardoeswhat.org): resource to help drivers of all ages and abilities to better understand the technology used in motor vehicles today.
  • Hartford Insurance Resources: These free resources provide clear information with helpful pictures in an easy to ready font. These booklets may be downloaded or ordered from the Hartford Insurance website (https://www.thehartford.com). Use the site’s search feature to search for each item by title.
    • Top 10 Vehicle Technologies for Mature Drivers: Reviews current technology trends and may be helpful for someone shopping for a new vehicle
    • Exercise for Mature Drivers: reviews specific exercises to improve fitness for driving – bicep curls, back stretch, heel drops, shoulder/chest expansion, etc.
    • You & Your Car – A Guide to Driving Wellness: provides information focused on the mature driver and reviews topics such as myths about aging and driving, your health for being a safer driver, driving skills, considerations for passengers, driving choices, and vehicle maintenance.
    • Your Road to Confidence – A Widow’s guide to Buying, Selling, & Maintaining a Car. Specifically geared towards widows whose driving habits may now be changing due to the loss of their spouse. It covers topics including: your husband’s car, selling a car, buying or leasing a car, vehicle maintenance, and tips when traveling alone.
    • Your Road Ahead – A Guide to Comprehensive Driving Evaluations: Provide this resource to anyone who may need a driving evaluation. It provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of a driving evaluation, general process and procedure for a driving evaluation, the role of the occupational therapist, recommendations, and a variety of helpful driving related resources. This is also a great resource for peers and other professionals to help provide education on the role of the OT and DRS with driving evaluations.
    • Getting There worksheet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) videos

Use these short (7 – 10 minute) videos to start conversation about specific medical conditions and driving concerns. The videos below can be found on the NHTSA website.

  • Driving with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Driving with Severe Arthritis
  • Driving with Diabetes
  • Driving with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Driving with Vision Disorders

For questions about driving or driving rehab, Adaptive Mobility is here to help! Learn more about our client services at https://adaptivemobility.com/services/.


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Susie Touchinsky

Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS is an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist offering decades of experience, knowledge, and professional support for drivers, families, caregivers, and practitioners.