For the diabetic drivers out there, surveys have it that a decent 40% of road users believe you’re just a time bomb, who’s going to lose control and create chaos for others. This number could be anyone who drives past you on the road.
In their defence, diabetes could lead to impaired ability to drive: cataract formation in the eyes which impairs vision and neuropathy affecting the ability to feel foot petals which could pose real problems for you. Luckily here are tips to help you stay safe as a diabetic driver.
- Check your blood glucose level before a long trip and at intervals of your drive
In preparation for a long trip, ensure you’re in great condition, check to know that your glucose level is within acceptable range. While on the journey, stop at regular intervals to check yourself out, this way you are sure not to be caught out.
- Pack adequate snacks, your glucose meter and test strips as well as a quick acting sugar source
These will help you carry out the necessary check and administer quick treatment if necessary. It is advisable to wait about 10-15 minutes after treatment before continuing your drive.
- Pull over AS SOON AS you feel any signs of hypoglycemia/low glucose levels and check your glucose level
It is very important to pull over, as trying to sort yourself out while on the wheels could be distracting and could lead to an accident.
- Make sure to protect the glucose meter, test strips and other packed items
These items should always be handled carefully. Never leave them exposed in the car as changes in temperature could affect and damage them.
- Always wear a diabetes medical identification
It could be a bracelet or necklace to help medics or other rescuers know how to help you exactly. If you do not have any clue about this, 7 steps to health and the big diabetes lie pdf should help with all of that and more.