Driving and Type 1 Diabetes

As you’ve probably heard, having good blood sugar control is extremely important when it comes to driving. You should always check your blood sugar levels before getting behind the wheel and carry extra snacks and supplies in your car (glucose tablets, juice, crackers, glucose meters, insulin, etc.). Many diabetes educators say that driving with a low blood sugar is the equivalent of driving drunk, so be sure to take the proper precautions to avoid accidents.

Before and during driving, pay attention to your body. If you notice any symptoms of hypoglycemia (grumpiness/irritability, sweating, rapid heartbeat, hunger, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, light-headedness, etc.) or hyperglycemia (thirst, stomach pain, hunger, blurred vision, nausea, drowsiness, confusion, etc.) pull over immediately and check your blood sugar. It may be inconvenient, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Many people with type 1 diabetes have learned to be very safe drivers. Regularly checking blood sugars, carrying extra snacks, and communicating with your parents, friends, and others around you are all keys to driving safely with type 1 diabetes.