• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
  • 617-667-4074
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The goal of DriveWise at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is to provide objective information about driving safety while providing support for individuals and their families.

Contact us at: 617-667-4074. For our brochure, please click here.

Recognized as a national model, DriveWise offers an objective evaluation of driving safety for people of all ages who have experienced neurological, psychological and/or physical impairments. Because driving is important to one’s independence, health care providers and family members are careful not to end driving privileges prematurely. On the other hand, delaying this decision can jeopardize safety. DriveWise was developed by the divisions of Cognitive Neurology and Occupational Therapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to help with this difficult decision making process. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary team, including social workers, occupational therapists, and neuropsychologists. This unique team approach results in a thorough examination of driving performance.

  • What will happen during my DriveWise evaluation?

    Your evaluation will begin at 11am with an interview with the Clinical Social Worker who will explore your driving history and the importance of driving to your lifestyle. The social worker will also administer a cognitive screening test and will schedule a follow up appointment.

    After a break for lunch you will meet the Occupational Therapist at 1.30pm for a one hour in-clinic assessment examining physical, visual, perceptual and cognitive abilities important to safe driving. Standardized tests based on research and reflecting best practice are used to assess function.

    At 2.30pm, the Occupational Therapist will accompany you on an on-road evaluation with a certified driving instructor. Using the instructor’s vehicle, you will drive a 45 minute standardized route incorporating many everyday driving situations.

    The results of your evaluation will be discussed during the follow up appointment which is normally scheduled for 2 weeks after your initial evaluation

    Cost of DriveWise: DriveWise is not usually covered by insurance. The current cost payable to BIDMC is $340 payable by check or credit/debit card. Additionally, there is a separate payment of $150 to the driving instructor, payable by check or cash, for the on road evaluation.

    Timing of appointments: DriveWise evaluations take place each Tuesday and Thursday.

    How to schedule an appointment: Please call 617-667-4074

  • What to Bring to Your Appointment

    On the day of the evaluation please bring:

    • Your valid driver’s license (please check the expiry date ahead of time)
    • Copies of any relevant medical records such as neurologist or neuropsychology notes
    • Corrective lenses (both distance and reading)
    • Payment for the evaluation and for the driving instructor 
  • DriveAdvise® Program

    DriveAdvise is a multidisciplinary evaluation targeted for people who have never driven and are considering learning to drive. This program is particularly helpful for individuals with Developmental Challenges where social, emotional and neurologic factors may impact driving readiness.

  • What will happen during my DriveAdvise evaluation?

    Your evaluation will begin with an interview with the Clinical Social Worker focusing on motivations for learning to drive as well as current lifestyle adjustments related to transportation needs. The social worker will also schedule a follow up appointment.

    You will then meet with an Occupational Therapist who will test cognitive functions such as attention, memory and processing speed and also physical functioning, such as brake reaction time, strength and range of motion. A computer-based test that measures visual functions critical to driving will be used

    The results of your evaluation will be discussed during the follow up appointment which is normally scheduled for 2 weeks after your initial evaluation

    Cost of DriveAdvise: DriveAdvise is not usually covered by insurance. The current cost payable to BIDMC is $340 payable by check or credit/debit card.

  • Contact Us

    DriveWise and DriveAdvise are located in the Cognitive Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA.

    Phone: 617-667-4074; Fax: 617-667-2808