DRIVING GUIDELINES FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:02 pm


DRIVING GUIDELINES FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

Driving a car at any given time demands skills, coordination and concentration. Poorly controlled diabetes may cause problems for diabetic driver which may lead to traffic accidents. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and visual impairment are the major problems, diabetic drivers may experience.
The following guidelines may help you avoid these problems and save your life and the lives of others.
• Have a thorough medical checkup which includes eye test.
• Plan for your journey in advance and have adequate supply of healthy food, water and medications.
• Always keep sugar cubes or juice in your car, even if your journey is a short one. Use them in case of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) event.
• Always carry your diabetic ID card with you, showing your name and full address, in addition to your doctor’s name and phone number.
• Avoid long journeys without rest periods and snacks.
Should you have any low blood sugar symptoms such as hunger, trembling, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability and tingling of mouth and fingers:
• Stop driving immediately. You may be unable to stop the car if your blood sugar drops.
• Leave the driver's seat.
• Check your blood sugar, if possible and ensure that it is not below 100 mg/dl.
• Eat your snack and take a rest.
• Check your blood sugar one more time before continuing the journey to your destination and check again during rest periods on your long journey.
• Don't drive if your vision deteriorates suddenly. If your doctor advises you to wear eyeglasses, keep a spare one in your car in case of loss.
Additional Guidelines:

Your night driving should be as good as day-time driving and your visual distance should be perfect.
• If you plan to drive with your family or a friend, tell them what to do to help you in case of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
• Ask your doctor to provide you with a list of doctors at your destination in case you need help.
• Follow safe driving rules and regulations.
• Check the maintenance of your car regularly.
• Do not drive if your blood sugar is out of control.

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