Driving and Hypoglycemia
Driving and Hypoglycemia

If you are diabetic and treat your diabetes with insulin, hypoglycemia whilst driving may be one of your biggest concerns.

Having a hypo whilst driving is both frightening and dangerous so it’s important that hypoglycemia is avoided.

If you have type 2 diabetes and treat your diabetes with certain tablets, there is also the chance that you may experience a hypo whilst driving.

Which diabetes medications can cause hypos?

The following diabetes medications can cause hypoglycemia. The DVLA must be informed if you are a driver and take the following medications:

  • Insulin
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Prandial glucose regulators

How to avoid becoming hypo whilst driving

  • Always test your blood sugar before driving
  • Take regular breaks to test your blood sugar
  • Never drive if your blood sugar is low – under 5.0 mmols/l, or has been within the last 45 minutes
  • Avoid driving when tired or on medications that may cause drowsiness
  • Have glucose sweets to hand
  • Never drink and drive

Even for short journeys hypoglycemia can be dangerous, so test before each journey.

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