Evidence Based Indicators of Driving Performance

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This course starts by providing a background of crash statistics for the U.S. and introduces the concept of crash risk and crash risk reduction. Next, we provide an overview of terminology that is used in the driving literature, specifically related to driving outcomes. The audience is further exposed to a breadth of evidence-based methods and tools to help assess an individual’s fitness to drive. These assessments include the Comprehensive Driving Evaluation, which can be subdivided into clinical assessments, driving simulator assessments, and the on-road assessment. Dr. Classen is synopsizing the factual content in this course from almost two decades of exposure to empirical evidence and best practices –all packaged to enable clinicians to practice from an evidence-based perspective.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Conceptualize the crash statistics in the U.S and understand the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in crash risk detection.
  2. Operationalize and use driving related terminology to ensure continuity in documentation and reporting practices.
  3. Apply the results from evidence-based clinical assessments to at-risk drivers seen in the clinic, to make informed decisions about fitness to drive.
  4. Synthesize the importance of using the driving simulator as a valid and reliable tool to assess driving performance.
  5. Compare and contrast the benefits and risks of the on-road assessment, as the gold standard for making final fitness to drive decisions.


One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA