5 to Drive Guidelines
To keep you & others on the road safe, it is important that you follow these guidelines particularly if you take a diabetes medication that can cause a low blood sugar such as insulin or an insulin secretagouge.
1. Prepare your car & make sure you have a supply of:
- A quick sugar source (e.g. 15g of glucose tablets)
- Non-perishable snacks (granola bar or portion packaged cookies)
- Your blood glucose meter and test strips
2. Blood Sugar Testing:
- Test your blood sugar immediately before driving
- Test your blood sugar every 4 hours if you are driving long distances
3. Blood sugar should be “over 5.0mmol/L to drive”:
- Commercial drivers should maintain a blood sugar over 6.0mmol/L
4. If you have a low blood sugar (less than 4.0mmol/L):
- Treat the low blood sugar with 15g of quick sugar first such as:
– Drink ¾ cup juice OR regular pop
– OR Have 15g of glucose tablets
- Retest your blood sugar in 15 minutes. If it is still below 4.0mmol/L, RETREAT with quick sugar.
– Once your blood sugar is above 4.0mmol/L & it will be more than 1 hour before your next meal, have a small snack of 15g of carbohydrate + a source of protein. For example ½ meat sandwich or 6 crackers with cheese
5. If you had a low blood sugar, you must wait for 45-60 minutes before you begin to drive again.
If you think that your blood sugar is low (you’re shaky, sweaty, confused):
- Immediately pull off the road.
- Remove your keys from the ignition.
- Test your blood sugar.
- Treat a low blood sugar as described above.