Diabetes: Driving Precautions
If you have
diabetes and low blood sugar and you drive, your
ability to steer the car may be affected. You also could behave aggressively or
appear to be drunk if your blood sugar gets very low.
There is no
reason why people with diabetes should not be allowed to drive. But you
should take the following precautions:
- Wear medical identification at all times. In an
emergency, medical identification will let people know how to care for you.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to get medical identification.
- Carry some quick-sugar foods with you at
all times. These include raisins, hard candy, or fruit juice. Keep some in your
car in case you have low blood sugar while driving and need to stop and eat
- Plan your trips so that you will not miss or delay a
meal, if possible. If a trip will delay a meal, eat a snack before
- Always have your home blood sugar meter with you, and
check your blood sugar level if you think it may be low. If you have low blood
sugar often or you do not get the usual symptoms of it, test your blood sugar
before you drive. Consider having someone else drive.
- If your
blood sugar is below 70 mg/dL before you drive, do not drive until you have
eaten something to raise it. Before driving, check to make sure it has risen to
your target range.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator|
|Last Revised||July 19, 2011|