The DCAT is a computer-based cognitive assessment tool used to examine the cognitive abilities needed for safe driving. It has the ability to predict real-world driving behaviors and performance on an actual roadside driving test.
By presenting six tasks the DCAT measures motor speed and control, span of attentional field, spatial judgement and decision making, coordination of mental abilities, and identification of driving situations.
The ability to drive safely can be impacted by many things including medications, history of brain injury, and a number of medical conditions that are not limited to just neurological diagnoses.
Patients and families who have concerns about a person’s ability to drive and operate a vehicle safely are strongly encouraged to complete the DCAT prior to a roadside driving test.
The DCAT is an assessment completed entirely on the computer. The test takes between 60-90 minutes to complete, and you will always have a trained and certified DriveABLE assessor with you.
Six tasks will be presented to you over the course of the assessment. Any actions you are required to take will be completed on a computer touch screen. The DriveABLE assessor will set you up for the exam and explain each task to you. You will be provided an opportunity to practice each task before the assessment begins.
After completion of the test, we strongly recommend that you do not drive until you have discussed the results with your physician. DCAT results are available one week after completion of the assessment and the results will be reviewed at your next follow up visit.
Arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The assessment will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.
Bring any eyewear (distance, reading, screen, etc.) that is required for reading and being in front of a computer screen for an extended period of time.
If you require hearing aids, ensure that you have them with you and that the batteries are fully charged.
Continue to take any medications as prescribed, or as you normally would prior to driving.