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WHAT IS THE DCAT?

The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool (DCAT) is an assessment protocol that uses cutting edge hardware and software to identify medically at-risk drivers. The DCAT uses a fully configured plug-and-play system comprised of a touch-screen and a 3-button base. The assessment presents 6 tasks that measure the cognitive processes needed for safe driving and predict actual on-road performance. Developed through years of university research, the DCAT is the most accurate cognitive assessment of driving performance available.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEASURE?

 Motor and Speed Control

Motor Speed and Control                        

 Span of Attention  

Span of Attentional Field

Spatial

 Spatial Judgment and Decision Making      

Speed    

Speed of Attentional Shifting

Situational

 Coordination of Mental Abilities  

Identification  

Identification of Driving Situation

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I have an upcoming cognitive assessment, what does this mean?

Your doctor wants more details on your brain’s ability to observe and process information. The DriveABLE assessment measures the cognitive abilities we need to drive safely.

 

What should I expect during my DriveABLE assessment?

 The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool (DCAT) is a simple test that consists of six tasks. These tasks are performed on a touch screen (pictured above).   All that is requiredduring these six tasks:

  • Watching the screen

  • Using your finger on the screen to touch and identify objects

  • Pressing one of three buttons to complete tasks.Throughout your assessment you will have a DriveABLE trained and certified assessor by your side. They willtask before it starts. Your Doctor may have recommended this assessment based on your medical history.attention, judgment and other cognitive abilities are used in concert to guide successful performance. ManyEven if no single condition is severe, several conditions can combine to make a person unsafe to drive.   

  • DriveABLE provides an unbiased objective measure of the cognitive skills required for driving.

Why should I trust DriveABLE?

  • Medications can also affect your ability to drive safely.

  • medical conditions such as Memory Loss, Stroke, Heart Disease, and Diabetes can impact driving abilities.

  • Medical conditions can cause even the best driver to become unsafe. Driving is a complex task in which memory,

  • set you up for the assessment, explain every task to you, and provide you with an opportunity to practice each

  • The assessment is as simple to perform as using a telephone. During your assessment, you won’t be alone.

  • Over 80,000 DriveABLE assessments have been completed across North America.

  • Developed to protect safe drivers from misidentification due to diagnosis or age.

  • Results are compared with drivers of the same age.

  • Research has demonstrated fairness for both urban and rural drivers.

  • Better Business Bureau accredited for over seven years.

  • Recipient of the 1999 Prix d’Excellence, Claude P. Beaubien – Award of Excellence from The Alzheimer     

     On the day of the assessment:   

  •    Please do not drive yourself to the assessment; have someone drive you or use alternate transportation.

  •    Please bring your driver’s license. If you do not have a valid license, please let us know.

  •    If you need glasses for reading or driving, or if you wear hearing aids (make sure you have fresh

  •     batteries), please bring them with you.

  •    Please continue to take any medication as prescribed, or as you normally would prior to driving.

  •    The assessment will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

 

   After the assessment:

   We strongly recommend that you do not drive until you have spoken to your physician about the results of the assessment.

   Your results will be sent to your doctor, usually within three working days after your assessment.  Please contact them to go over your test results.