Diabetes and Driving

Diabetes and Driving – Our Guide!

If you have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes or have had the condition for a while you may not be aware of the implications the metabolic disorder can pose to driving and who you need to inform. Here at WAVs GB we have many years of experience with those who are diagnosed with Diabetes and are here to help! This guide is here to explain the various options and actions you need to take when being diagnosed with Diabetes.

If you have any questions about Diabetes and Driving that you would like to ask a member of the WAVS team then please get in touch today and we will be happy to help answer any questions that you may have!

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is known as a group of metabolic disorders in which high amounts of blood sugar levels are prolonged over a period of time. There are two types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. Having diabetes ultimately does not lead to you having to stop driving altogether, however, this means that you will need to plan before you get back behind the wheel. If you have any direct queries for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency you can head on over to the link provided.

How does Diabetes affect your Driving?

We know the emotional strain and pressure Diabetes may cause and want to make the process as easy and stressfree as possible. There are a variety of ways that you can continue driving with Diabetes but there are some steps that you must follow to ensure that the DVLA is aware and up to date with your current medical situation. Some of the main points are outlined below.

  • If you are currently prescribed and taking insulin you must make sure you tell the DVLA so that they are aware of this.
  • The licence issued will then be renewed every first, second or third year.
  • If you are under medical supervision by a doctor and using insulin you do not need to let the DVLA know if it is a temporary period of time and by that we mean a period which is equal to or less than three months. This is, however, void if you suffer from problems with hypoglycemia

It is important to remember that you are never alone and that your family and WAVS GB will make sure that driving is possible for you and that we are here to help in whatever way we can.

Don’t ignore Hypoglycemia Signs!

A lot of the time drivers are sometimes unaware that a hypo incident is showing signs of happening. This is a very serious thing and is something that should be taken with a lot of caution. There are a variety of telltale signs that a potential Hypo incident could be coming such as hunger, sweating and feeling faint amongst other things. If you regularly suffer from hypo attacks it is important to discuss this with your doctor because this may directly affect your driving ability and is something that should be raised! However, if you rarely have a hypo episode and are worried what to do if you have one, we can help! Below are the things that you should do if you suffer a hypo episode whilst driving.

  1. Make sure the vehicle comes to a complete stop ensuring that you have done so in a safe place
  2. Have easy access to a variety of carbohydrates which are fast acting to increase blood sugar levels such as glucose tablets and long-acting carbohydrates.
  3. Wait up to an hour before driving again because you need to ensure that the blood glucose levels have returned to a normal level.

How can WAVS GB help?

Here at WAVS GB we offer a variety of short-term hire and long-term hire wheelchair accessible vehicles which are perfect for those who would like to have access to a WAV but are unsure of their current medial state and do not want to be tied down to a longer-term contract. Below we have provided a bit of information on our two hire types to give you an overview of the varying options.

Long-term hire WAV

Our Long-Term hire Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle service is perfect for those who are more certain about their medical condition and are ready to hire a WAV for a longer period of time. This provides you with flexibility and peace of mind for the whole family – You can browse our most recent Long Term Hire Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles today through the link provided!

Short term hire WAV –

In addition to our longer-term WAV hires, we appreciate that having the increased flexibility provided by short-term hires is perfect for some people. Our short-term hire WAVs allow customers to have No Contract and Instant Return available whilst also reaping the benefits of our Delivery and Collection Service which means we can deliver and collect the vehicle directly from your door.

Both of these options are perfect if you have a special occasion coming up or perhaps a family member moves a bit further away from you. No matter what your needs and requirements are from a wheelchair accessible vehicle, we can cater to your requirements!

Helpful Links

In todays technology driven world there are a variety of helpful websites and associations out there for those who want to find out a bit more about diabetes and the effect that it has on their driving. Below, we have listed some of the great sites that will provide you with a community and forum access to ask any questions to those who are going through or have been through the same situation.

 

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-and-dvla-driving-licence.html

 

We hope that this guide has been of help and if you have any direct questions that you would like to ask a member of the WAVS team then please get in touch with a member of our team today and we will be happy to help answer your questions.