The aim of the exercise with driver medicals is to have community members back on the road with their independence.
In order to be comfortable with the process and to follow the procedures correctly, it is important to engage best practice before this appointment arrives.
Consult With Medical Specialist
Engaging with the doctor ahead of driver medicals is essential for any domestic citizen. They will be able to discuss a range of topics and help to set expectations accordingly. There are physical impairments that require provisions to the vehicle, mental deficiencies that necessitate medication and other practices and behaviours that are in play. By enjoying an open dialogue with the doctor, individuals will have confidence that they are being supported at every stage of the initiative.
Reflecting on Nature of the Test
It will be enlightening for individuals to consult with their doctor ahead of driver medicals because it will allow them to reflect on the unique nature of their upcoming test. No two people will have the same experience given the sheer variety that occurs from one recipient to the next in these settings. Some citizens will be privy to eyesight tests that will focus on their vision impairment. Others will be recovering from injuries where restrictions of movement are put to the test. Then are community members who suffer from a range of other medical ailments where their program will be uniquely designed to ensure they are road ready.
Engage With Thorough Training Program
The old adage is true: practice makes perfect. This can apply to any type of test in life, but particularly so for those who are booked into driver medicals this year. Everyone who is scheduled for these appointments should work with a specialist trainer who can assist in this field. It can be an activity as minor as a seatbelt adjustment, to the inclusion of new mirrors for parallel parking exercises or seat alterations to enhance movement and vision access. Work with a certified representative who has experience with driver medicals before the official date arrives on the calendar.
Ask Roads Authority Any & All Questions
No one should have to sign up for driver medicals and be left in the dark about the requirements, the costs and the type of expectations. If there is any doubt about their transparency or issues that need to be flagged early on, communicate this to the appropriate representatives at the Roads and Maritime Authority. These operators will be better placed than anyone to outline what is involved, to pass on key tutorial content and to have people on the right path with their scheduled medical appointment.
Have Support Network Available
Participants who are booked in for driver medicals will often think about the practical responsibilities involved in the day. From arriving on time and filling out the requisite paperwork to the test itself, it can be a thorough process. Yet there is a mental and emotional component that should not be understated either. This is where it is helpful to have partners, family, friends or carers present and available. From good to bad results or something in between, we all need others to lean on as we seek independence on the road.
Having Patience With the Process
These types of medicals might have to be repeated every 12 to 24 months depending on the nature of the condition. Even for those that only have to partake once every few years, there have been times where citizens have grown frustrated with the obligation when they believe they are fit for the road before engaging with any specialist. The fact remains that road accidents and fatalities decrease when drivers on our community roads respect the process and this is where patience is strongly advised for all parties.