Cars on the road

Getting ready for a drive medical appointment becomes easier for participants when they know exactly what is involved. It is a common practice for older constituents who need to prove that they are still road fit, but the same principles apply for citizens who suffer from certain ailments and need to display to officials that they are worthy of maintaining a license.

The challenge that is presented to constituents is preparing for these programs and ensuring that every phase is completed with expert efficiency. Any issues or delays can create added stress and pressure that could have otherwise been avoided.

We will outline the steps that men and women can take when it comes to preparing for a drive medical appointment.

Contacting The Transport Centre

Whether it is the Transport for NSW, QLD, or another state body, the important first step that participants need to take with a drive medical is to contact these providers ahead of time. They need to book the placement and pass on key information that will dictate how the program is run from start to finish.

Assessing Current Provisions & Expectations

What is true for a drive medical at the beginning of 2021 might not be true for the end of the year or for subsequent years after that. Rules and provisions change and this is where community members need to be informed and educated about these processes.

For example, those operating heavy vehicles in NSW have to ensure that they go through the right processes to validate their license. This policy will be enacted every 10 years for 21-year-olds, every 5 years for 40-year-olds, every 2 years at 60, and every year once drivers reach 70.

Having a Support Network Available

One of the important components of going through a drive medical is to enjoy a level of independence with the acquisition of a license, but it is always a better option for people to have a support network on hand. From a partner to a close family member or close friend, this allows individuals to have someone to speak to and someone to encourage, working to reduce their stress level.

Understanding The Costs Involved

Unfortunately, these medicals are not run free of cost as participants need to budget for the exercise as a means of being prepared. A good way to prepare for these appointments is to be ready to pay that price on the day to avoid any confusion or challenges.

Potential for Restricted License Access

A good way of being mentally prepared for a drive medical is understanding that representatives might not be able to provide a client with a standard license. In some cases, depending on the condition of the subject, they will only be handed a restricted license that details certain features within the vehicle and driving conditions during particular hours and unique locations.

Partaking in Test Route

Man taking a drive medical

You know what they say: practice makes perfect. If there are citizens who have booked in for a drive medical and know ahead of time approximately what route in what area the tester will be taking them, then it is beneficial to practice that route. It will allow drivers to be comfortable with their surroundings without being surprised by any road conditions.

Having Documentation Ready

A common mistake that men and women make during these appointments is failing to have the right paperwork and documents on hand for the drive medical. Ensure that all accompanying paperwork, reports, application documents and licenses are on show for the representative to fast track the placement.

Recognising The Value of The Process

Citizens won’t relish these programs given the scrutiny that is placed on their shoulders, but it will provide peace of mind for those who are fearful that their condition could cause an accident. Especially for elderly participants, they want to know that they have been checked and cleared and that going through this operation is as much in their interest as it is for the public and the roads authorities.