Driving is a complex task, using many skills, and requires drivers to:
Accomplishing these tasks requires:
Visual, mental and physical skills it takes to safely operate a vehicle may change over the course of your life. So, it’s important to get regular exams and discuss any concerns with your family and a professional - see list of options.
Health affects your driving. All drivers need to understand the impacts of health issues on driving and how to best manage potential risks.
Maryland licensed drivers may be referred to MVA’s medical review process if there is a question of medical fitness to drive. If so, then MVA provides an individual review of the driver. A comprehensive skills evaluation or clinical assessment identifies areas where you might need help and provides information on how to get specialized training and advice.
When a person is referred to the MVA’s medical review process, the case is handled by the Driver Wellness & Safety Division. A nurse case manager reviews pertinent medical information from the individual's health care providers because they are most familiar with the individual's medical condition. The MVA nurse may request a consultation on the case from the Medical Advisory Board, which is comprised of physicians from various medical specialties. During the review process, the driver may be asked for additional information, including medical, driver knowledge or driving skill evaluations.
For more in-depth assistance, contact your local MAP office directly or call the statewide toll-free number (1-844-627-5465).