In France, nearly 300,000 people per year suffer non-evolutive brain injuries that can affect one or more functions necessary for driving. Whether they are visible or not, it is essential that these deficiencies are identified since, before patients can resume driving, they must appear before a qualified practitioner to seek medical advice.
In Auvergne, a back-to-driving evaluation unit was implemented in 2012 within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Clermont-Ferrand with the LADAPT PUY-DE-DÔME association. It is responsible for providing the patient with information and support as well as enabling him to carry out a complete assessment of driving ability that he can give the doctor.
The evaluation unit’s specialists wanted to acquire a driving simulator in order to improve the proposed tests and to enable patients to perform a risk-free on-road scenario.
Since January 5th, 2016, thanks to the Michelin Corporate Foundation, the driving evaluation unit of the CHU of Clermont-Ferrand is equipped with a three-screen display driving simulator which has all necessary accessories, such as a steering-wheel with accelarator and brake… Patients with cognitive or sensory disorders can now be offered rehabilitation specific to driving.
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