Hypoglycemia and driving a vehicle do not mix.
But in case of a technology error or connection failure, testing blood sugar levels remain a top priority before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Keep a glucometer kit on hand for emergencies.
Low blood sugar levels while driving can lead to a potentially dangerous situation. As symptoms of shakiness and fatigue worsen, a person’s level of confusion will increase.
Numbers to commit to memory.
- Symptomatic hypoglycemia is glucose levels that are less than 70mg/dL.
- Significant hypoglycemia is a glucose level of less than 54mg/dL.
- If the blood glucose result is low, immediately address it by consuming 15 grams of a high-carbohydrate snack or beverage.
- Wait at least 15 minutes after ingesting the food or drink to assess mental and physical status, then recheck sugar levels.
- Another 15 grams of carbohydrate may be necessary if blood sugar has not risen sufficiently; wait another 15 minutes to access results.
- Always wait long enough to ensure blood sugar levels are stable in the normal range before starting to drive to avoid any hypoglycemic symptoms when driving.
Possible hypoglycemia causes.
- Insulin (bolus or basal).
- Low carbohydrate meals and snacks.
- Planned or unplanned physical activity.
- Keep a selection of regular sugar candies and sugar packets and keep them in an easy-to-reach vehicle compartment.
Regular sugar enters the bloodstream raising blood levels quickly and helping a person regain stability, therefore, enough time to get into a safety zone such as a convenience store, restaurant, or call for help/911.
- Glucometer kit.