Driving for Diabetics

July 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes means having to be prepared in a myriad of situations. Driving a vehicle is sometimes overlooked as a an instance where something could happen regarding a diabetic emergency. Since you are never without diabetes, you should never be without precautions that could help in these emergencies.

Before you get behind the wheel, check your blood sugar. If you find your blood sugar is too low, eat a snack before you head out. If it is fine but you are taking a long trip, pack extra snacks to eat at various intervals and don’t ever forget to pack your blood sugar meter and other diabetes supplies.

If you are driving and you feel the signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) pull over immediately. Grab one of your snacks, which should contain a quick source of sugar. Then before you begin driving again, be sure to recheck your blood sugar and only continue if it is in your target range. Keep a cell phone on you and make sure friends and family are aware of where you are headed if you are taking a long trip.

 

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