Use of an online diabetes driving resource resulted in a 53 per cent reduction in driving ‘mishaps’ in a study of driving safety in people with type 1 diabetes.
Outcomes of the study were presented by Professor Daniel Cox from the University of Virginia at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) conference in Vienna.
The study recruited 1,768 US drivers with type 1 diabetes via online registration. Each participant completed a questionnaire called the Risk Assessment for Diabetic Drivers (RADD) and, from this, each of the drivers were given a risk score. Drivers were asked to keep a monthly online driving diary for the course of a year and 501 participants were able to complete this.
Out of the 501 participants, 379 drivers were deemed to be high risk and 122 drivers deemed to be low risk. The researchers then used the online driving diaries to record the number of driving mishaps which included severe hypos when driving, losing control of the car, any collisions and having someone else take control of the vehicle.
When the researchers compared results between the low and high risk groups, they found that individuals which received a high risk score had 258% more driving mishaps …read more
Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk