It seems that almost every week has a theme, and this week, October 3-7, is Drive Safely Work Week. Sounds like a good time to remind those of us with diabetes who drive cars and other vehicles about some hints for preventing and treating hypoglycemia when our attention is focused on getting somewhere safe and sound. Sadly, there are too many reports of drivers with diabetes becoming hypoglycemic and crashing, both figuratively and literally, sometimes with fatal outcomes.
Some hints that I have previously mentioned:
As you might expect, there are multiple discussions on the Internet about driving with diabetes. Many of these contain the same hints, but sometimes one of these will mention a hint that the others don't point out.
New Zealand has a comprehensive on-line fact sheet about Diabetes and Driving, which includes several hints that aren't in every discussion:
Other discussions which are on-line include:
Checklist for Controlling Low Blood Sugar. This one mentions "Carry identification, such as a bracelet, necklace or wallet card, that has a medical alert message specifying you are taking medication to treat diabetes." (I personally recommend MedicAlert, which is a nonprofit foundation that provides an emergency medical information service in addition to a medical ID.)
Driving Safety (from the American Diabetes Association). This one mentions "Get regular eye exams for early detection of diabetes-related vision problems that can affect your driving ability."
Also, a review of state laws about driving that may apply to people with diabetes is available from the ADA, at Drivers License Laws By State. For each state, answers are given to questions such as "Has the state adopted specific policies about whether people with diabetes are allowed to drive?" and "What is the state's policy about episodes of altered consciousness or loss of consciousness that may be due to diabetes?"
My final hint: Next time you have a free moment, go to your car, and check to see if your supply of carbohydrate is there, and that it's easy to reach from the driver's seat. (I just did, and it is.)