Evidence Based Indicators of Driving Performance

UFOT is an AOTA Approved Provider in Continuing Education (#5208) and our ADED-CHAP status enables us to offer approved contact hours for our driving-related courses. All of our courses meet the licensure requirements for the State of Florida CEBroker. Florida CEBroker Tracking #20-629995.


Sherrilene Classen

Sherrilene Classen PhD

Professor And Chair

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida. Dr. Classen is an internationally funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist who studies fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers using clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, in-vehicle technologies, and autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles. Her scholarly work utilizes both a public health and a rehabilitation science approach to bring depth and breadth in understanding driving and mobility from multiple perspectives. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling ~$10 million) from U.S. agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health; National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; industry and other organizations) as well as agencies in Canada and abroad. She has (co)authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation (AOTA Press, 2017); and has presented more than 300 papers at scientific conferences. Dr. Classen is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an inductee to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research.

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.

Target Audience

Occupational therapy generalists and specialists, driver rehabilitation specialists, driver educators, administrators, and private practice health care professionals.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter.  Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

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

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

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupation/ IADLs
  • Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Approaches to intervention

Completion Requirements

0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test. The UF Occupational Therapy Department will enter the Contact Hour into the CEBroker database for Florida licensed occupational therapy practitioners.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

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