Driving Safely with Type 1 Diabetes *Study Closed*

Sarah C
By Sarah C Latest Reply 2013-03-29 09:50:55 -0500
Started 2013-03-13 13:47:32 -0500

*This Study Has Been Closed*

Research has shown that a few people with Type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk for having traffic accidents due to low blood sugars.

Possibly, we can help the diabetes community.

Researchers at the University of Virginia are conducting a study evaluating internet tools designed to:
• Anonymously assess risk for ALL drivers with Type 1 diabetes of being in an accident and
• Potentially help reduce the chance of high-risk drivers being in a future collision.

The study is strictly confidential and the data collected will not be shared with any other person or agency. The study is done in your own home at your own convenience (no visits to clinics). Participants may earn up to $270 in internet gift cards.

For more information, please visit www.diabetesdriving.com. IRB-HSR# 15360


9 replies

1rahrbunny
1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 09:50:55 -0500 Report

I read a study maybe two years ago about hypoglycemia unawareness and driving. It was very interesting. It recommended waiting to drive for at least an hour after BGs had returned to above 75 I think to ensure that you indeed were no longer impaired. Also it spoke on how you body uses more glucose when driving. Its a complex issue.

rickster912
rickster912 2013-03-15 18:55:57 -0500 Report

Gwen 214
You need to be careful. I'm glad that u have some food to help when u get low. I have been reading more and more diabetics involved In car accidents lately. Be safe and test before you drive. That goes for everyone. Maybe in the future they can have cars do a retina scan to let you know when your sugar is low. Sounds like Star Trek but so were cell phones a couple of years ago. Lol. Stay safe!!

rickster912
rickster912 2013-03-15 18:54:53 -0500 Report

Gwen 214
You need to be careful. I'm glad that u have some food to help when u get low. I have been reading more and more diabetics involved In car accidents lately. Be safe and test before you drive. That goes for everyone. Maybe in the future they can have cars do a retina scan to let you know when your sugar is low. Sounds like Star Trek but so were cell phones a couple of years ago. Lol. Stay safe!!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-03-13 17:33:30 -0500 Report

In my long driving career (43 yrs), I was the driver while in 3 collisions. The one in which I may have been partly at fault was before I developed diabetes. The other 2 were 100% caused by the other driver. If we act prudently, as PWD, and not drive when we are impaired, we greatly minimize any risk of CAUSING an accident. ANY person who drives while impaired for ANY reason, diabetes-related or not, is at increased risk for having accidents.

rickster912
rickster912 2013-03-13 15:01:04 -0500 Report

That's one of the reasons I don't drive. I've had diabetes for 31 years and I've had no reason to drive. I also live in NYC so transportation is great not perfect lol

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-03-14 17:08:09 -0500 Report

That must be nice to have transportation everywhere. I live in Texas, it depends where you live…LOL, my family live in Dallas County, but not all parts of Dallas county have public transportation… Doesn't make sense, huh! ?

I've had a couple of scares with low blood sugars. I keep juice boxes in my car, and always have a meter with me. I've been lucky, and able to stop somewhere safe, check and treat. If I'm unable to drive, then I don't.

RachelChavez
RachelChavez 2013-03-13 14:34:24 -0500 Report

Just so everyone knows, we have approved this discussion and the survey. As we all know, sometimes your diabetes can have an impact on your driving such as a low blood sugar level. We believe that this survey can really help the researchers understand the safety needs of those driving and living with diabetes. Plus, you may earn a few bucks in the process of helping. Win, win :) Let me know if you have any questions!