Driving with Diabetes
When driving, there are always some steps that you as young adults should take.
Truth be told, this is important for all people with diabetes.
- Always carry fast acting carbohydrate.
- Never drive for more than 2 hours without a snack
- Check sugar before and during a journey.
- Carry identification.
If symptoms of hypoglycaemia occur:
- Stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Remove the keys from the ignition and move into the passenger seat.
- Immediately treat with rapid-acting carbohydrates e.g glass of orange juice, 5 dextrose sweets, a glass of coke.
You also must inform the driving license company if:
- You are been treated with insulin or tablets that cause low blood sugar levels e.g. gliclazide, diamicron.
- If you suffer more than one episode of severe hypoglycaemia within 12 months( this means a low blood sugar level that someone needs to help you treat )
- If you have a severe hypoglycaemia event while driving
- If you develop impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia
GOLDEN RULE: NEVER DRIVE WITH A BLOOD GLUCOSE UNDER 5MMOL/L
By Aine Cunningham