If you have T1D, driving a motor vehicle requires extra care and attention. Below are a few tips that can ensure your time behind the wheel is as safe as possible.
- Check your blood sugar before getting behind the wheel.
- The only way to be sure that your blood sugar is in a safe range to drive is to test your blood sugar or check your CGM before driving. If your blood sugar is low, always treat the low, wait 15 minutes, and test again to make sure you are in range before you begin driving.
- Never use your devices while driving. If you need to bolus, look at your CGM, test your blood sugar, or change a site, always pull off the road and stop your vehicle first. Driving a car with anything less than your full attention is extremely dangerous.
- Always wear a diabetes identification necklace or bracelet when driving.
- Keep spare supplies and snacks in your car.
- Always be prepared for any situation while driving. Keep low blood sugar food (glucose tablets, granola bars, etc.), spare site changes, and test strips in your car in case of emergency. High and low temperatures can affect the condition of your supplies, so please be sure to take them out of the car when necessary.
- Driving laws vary from state to state, so please check with your DMV to ensure you are following all state laws.
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