When your teenager first mentions learning to drive, don’t panic!! Any parent is anxious when their teenager wants to learn to drive.
However, with a responsible attitude, driving is generally safe, and research shows that people with diabetes do not have a greater frequency of motor accidents than anyone else. The major added risk for the teenager with diabetes is hypoglycaemia (hypos).
It’s very important that they have a good knowledge about hypos – their symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Driving and alcohol is illegal. In a teenager with diabetes, alcohol may cause delayed hypos.
It is important for your teenager to check their blood glucose prior to driving a car and be above 5mmol/L to drive and to have hypo treatment readily at hand.
Each State and Territory has its own regulations regarding the allocation of licences to people with diabetes.
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