Bam! And just like that we’re over the hump! I don’t know about you but Thursday’s (aka Friday-eve) might as well fall into the weekend category for me. Something about the anticipation of the weekend got me like…
Diabetic Driver Safety
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of diabetic driving videos, where the driver is so low that she or he is swerving all over the road and ends up getting pulled over. Sometimes, and by sometimes I mean most of the time, the police (or bystanders) think the person is on drugs; not realizing the true urgency of the situation.
Which got me thinking…
If that diabetic driver was me, how fast would it take others to know I have type 1 diabetes? Sure, I wear a medical alert bracelet, but is that enough? Would the police think to look at my wrist for a medical alert ID if I was conscious? Probably not. Would bystanders who pulled over to my car know to look for a medical alert ID if I was conscious or not? Probably not. And that, my sweet friends, is a very big problem.
So I went to the Google machine in search of a solution.
Here is what I found
1. Diabetic Driver Decal
How perfect is this little decal? Easy to read and to the point. I personally LOVE the simplicity of design and it’s size. Just make sure to put it in a spot on your car that makes sense and would easily be seen. I found this decal on Etsy by Wasted Talent Designs.
2. Diabetic License Plate Frame
If you’re being pulled over by a cop they will definitely notice the frame when running your plate number, but for the EMT’s that arrive on scene or your typical good citizen coming to your rescue, they may not notice this. But nonetheless, still great to have for diabetic driver safety .
3. Diabetic Seat Belt Cover
How great are these seat belt covers? I found these particular ones on Etsy as well, from the seller SewGoodbyDolores.
One Piece of Medical Alert Advice
One of my biggest concerns when it comes to medical alert swag is trying to make sure that it doesn’t look like medical awareness/support swag. Let me explain. When a paramedic looks at your wrist and sees a bracelet that has the words “type 1 diabetes” but it’s next to a breast cancer awareness ribbon and a pretty paw print medallion that says “save the dogs”, your type 1 diabetes alert is going to look more like support for type 1 diabetics rather than saying this is my medical condition.
Diabetic driver safety is not to be taken lightly and goes beyond checking your BG before you get behind the wheel. Stay safe out there my friends!