Check B4U Drive
Check B4U Drive is a one-day drivers mini-camp combining effective diabetes management with advanced driving skills.
View our one-page program overview/summary here!
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From its start in 2010, the program was designed specifically for teens with diabetes. Driving age is a new milestone of independence, and it’s important for teens with diabetes to socialize and learn the best ways to prepare for a life of safe driving.
The 1-day program is an exciting and educational day of well-spent time! Teens from past programs walked away excited about getting some advanced and performance driving instruction most of their peers may never get!
View some of the video clips from past programs including our “introduction to Check B4U Drive” and one from race car driver Scott Kuhne who helped lead our instruction right from the beginning. You can also see a series of FAQ videos from past participants and others who are involved with the driving program. In fact, the first FAQ video features Todd Hansen – a Foundation member , professional race car driver and participant/instructor for the program.
Response to the program is strong and we’re working to add more dates and locations.
The program is open to teens age 15-19 with a permit or driver’s license. If space permits, we welcome 14 and 15 year olds without permits to participate in all aspects of the program except getting behind the wheel, although they can ‘ride along’ to listen and learn. Parents are welcome to stay as well.
Check B4U Drive different from other “teen safe driving programs” in two key ways.
- Each 1-day event is 6 hours. This extra time allows for activities pertaining to diabetes management … and tying it in to the in-car activities.
- Each event day is limited to 20 teens. This is a fun day for all attendees. It’s not often a small group of teens with T1 diabetes get a chance to spend some time together, making friends, sharing stories and learning about diabetes management and advanced driving skills from some of the best professional driving instructors in the U.S. (Our instructors have backgrounds in the auto industry, motorsports, advanced racing/driving schools, high-threat driver training for the military, law enforcement, more)
The Foundation’s objective is continue working to bring the program to cities across the U.S. and further its status as one of the premier programs for teens with diabetes. You can help! Become a “program chairperson” in your area. See our Volunteer page for more information.
Check B4U Drive 3-Part, No-Cost Program
- Presentation and roundtable discussion about safe driving, the dynamics of a motor vehicle, and managing critical situations.
- Presentation and roundtable discussion with a Certified Diabetic Educator. We bring the “best” to the program!
- In the Cars! With great instructors, you are “put through the paces.” You will learn and practice:
- Hard stops
- Accident avoidance
- Slalom handling
- The “perils of distraction”
- Skid control
- Low Blood Sugar simulation
We may pump up the adrenaline, but it’s all done to help you become better and safer drivers while retaining critical knowledge of diabetes management.
Numerous Benefits – and NO COST!
At the end of the program, participants come away with extra confidence, new friends and a feeling of having been part of a “select group”. Additionally, parents gain additional confidence their teens will be better prepared for driving.
Everyone learns something new from the Certified Diabetic Educator who attends and participates. It’s an environment where no questions are considered wrong to ask. It’s a fun and educational day for everyone!
Best of all, the program is still offered at no cost! (We gladly accept any donations to help defray costs, but we do this because we know it helps! When the program comes to your area, please register!)
A Great Testimonial!
One of our biggest challenges is making families with a T1D teen aware of Check B4U Drive. So we love when we see these notes. (This note was sent to the head of LaRabida in Chicago – a diabetes medical center. It’s from a mom whose daughter participated in Check B4U Drive in Sept. 2014)
Just wanted to thank you for giving us the information on the Check B4U Drive Program. I took my daughter to the program last Saturday in Tinley Park. They encouraged the parents to stay if they wanted so we were there for the entire day. What a GREAT program!! All the kids, including our daughter, started the morning with the same ‘my parents made me come to this stupid thing’ look on their faces, but 10 minutes in they all, including my daughter, changed their tune! Everyone connected with the program was terrific! The kids gained valuable knowledge and hands-on experience, for free, no less. The woman checking the kids in that morning asked me where I found out about the program and I told them that you had given me a flyer. She said that they have been having a hard time getting the word out about the program. She said schools she has contacted were not helpful and that most of the doctors offices she has gotten the info to apparently are not passing it on to the patients and families. So, I just wanted to let you know that we TOTALLY APPRECIATE that you gave us the information. My daughter learned a ton on an important topic and had a blast while doing it!! Oh, and as I result, I was able to tell her, “I TOLD YOU SO!!” Thanks again!