A Driving Evaluation consists of two distinctive parts:
Clinical Skills Assessment: To gain information about your medical history, current and past driving history, levels of personal and family support, physical skills, visual and perceptual skills, and cognitive capabilities all needed to operate a motor vehicle.
In-Vehicle Behind-the-Wheel Assessment: To assess your baseline ability to operate the motor vehicle, with or without adaptive driving equipment, respond to the driving environment to make independent decisions, and to navigate and follow directions.
A comprehensive driving evaluation may take up to 2 hours to complete. We complete both parts of the evaluation at the same visit and our evaluators review the outcome and recommendations at the end of each evaluation.
Driving evaluations conducted by TMS cost between $350 to $850 depending upon complexity.
Evaluation costs may be paid in a variety of ways.
If you are a recipient of services through your State Vocational Rehabilitation program or Workmen’s Compensation fund you should request a referral for funding.
If you have private insurance, you should consult with your insurance provider to verify if they cover driving evaluations. It is uncommon to get private insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid to cover driving as a medical necessity.
Private pay funding is the most common way to fund a driving evaluation if you do not qualify for the above programs. We accept payment at point of service by cash, check, credit card or debit card.
You will be evaluated in one of our evaluation vehicles to provide a safe driving evaluation experience. Our evaluation vehicles are equipped with safety equipment to allow evaluators to intervene and protect you and others in the community.
Our program is structured to offer you options. You can travel to our facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana for evaluation, or we can send one of our regionally based evaluators to you where you live.
We require a physician’s referral and copy of the BMV letter mandating your driving evaluation. Both can be faxed to our office.
A referral must be faxed to our office to begin. You will then be contacted by our office to gather additional information needed to assign an evaluator and to start the scheduling process.
Once the referral is received, most evaluations are scheduled and/or completed within 14 business days. If you need additional time, simply select the most convenient date offered by your evaluator.