Driving with diabetes

By | 11 February, 2011
What a proper Mini should look like

What a proper Mini should look like

Long time readers of your soaraway Shoot Up might recall that I started driving lessons in 2009. They might also have noted that announcements of me passing my test were conspicuous by their absence. No, I didn’t fail; I merely took a year long break from lessons for ;

7 thoughts on “Driving with diabetes

  1. Stephen

    I only passed my test at the age of 27 so you’re not alone in starting late! I must say though I’ve never been quite as concerned about my BGs though as you appear (which is probably very bad of me!)

    I’ve only gone low once in the car, and I knew it so followed the rules (pull over, get in passenger side, eat, eat, eat) and ut was all OK. The only concession to diabetes I make is not to get in the car if I even suspect I’m low. Better 30 minutes late than dead πŸ™‚

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  2. Tim Post author

    I suspect I’ll get more blasΓ© about my BG the more lessons I have. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Donald Thomson

    Passed my test aged 17 – just 2 months after diagnosis – and have now been driving cars and riding motorbikes for 25 years. Going low on the bike is more scary than the car as the sense of balance is pretty critical to staying vertical. I never get in the car without my glucose tablets. I don’t go so far as always testing before I drive, but if I think there’s a question mark hanging over my BG I do the blood test. The insides of my bike gloves must have little red splodges all over them!

    Good luck with the lessons. Edinburgh is a hell of a place to drive. I passed in Cambridge which was bloody awful. Kamikaze cyclists everywhere πŸ™‚

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  4. Jay

    >I am quite nervous though of being in charge of one tonne of
    >rapidly moving metal while under the influence of diabetes,

    Only one tonne? Oh that’s right…. you’re not in the US.

    [not to foster stereotypes of the US… for my US-based vehicles, I own a small truck, a car, an airplane, a bicycle, and a kayak, all of which average about 1650 lbs.]

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  5. Hairy Gnome

    You couldn’t drive an American car anyway @Tim, like myself, your licence will be limited to vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes gross weight! Hee, hee, hee! πŸ˜€

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  6. katherine cromwell

    I think these tbr are great use them as much as you can!! You can even program them for 1 hour or12 hours etc which is an utter God send at times. Once hypo u you can reduce . I normally go for an extra 20% for (womens problems!!!) However with hubbie in hosp an extra 20% seems to cover stress unless on going then up it 10% at a time. So much easier than waiting 24hrs for Lantus to kick in.

    Honestly People get yourselves a pump it is so much easier!

    sorry driving ! check before HA Ha HA as if ! just make sure that when you feel any indication you check. Double vision is not a pleasant experience even as a passenger!

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