Having low blood sugar while driving can be dangerous and may cause harm to you, your loved ones, and others in your car and on the road. It is important to check your blood sugar before driving and during long drives, and always be prepared to correct low blood sugar.
Research has indicated that some people with diabetes may not accurately judge when blood sugar levels are too low to drive safely and that they would still drive even when their blood sugar level was in a range associated with diminishing driver performance.
Having diabetes should not have to stop you from driving, but it is important to take some extra steps for a safer trip. A little extra planning goes a long way!
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There are some important steps you can take to prepare for and treat low blood sugar if it happens when you are behind the wheel:
Whenever driving long distances, check your blood sugar periodically. If you do not feel symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia unawareness) you may need to consult with your healthcare professional about how often to check.