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Precautions for safe driving

Precautions for safe driving

• Always carry a glucose meter in the vehicle. Finger prick blood or flash glucose monitoring (Libre) is required to fulfil DVLA requirements to assess fitness to drive. Group 2 licence holders must test finger prick blood glucose

• Always carry glucose or fast acting carbohydrates in your car and ensure they are within easy reach. Suitable treatment for hypoglycaemia includes 6 dextrose tablets or 4 large jelly babies

• Always check your blood glucose before and during a journey if you take treatment that can drop your blood glucose (see table page 3)

• If you go on a long distance journey you must check your blood glucose every 2 hours.

• Do not drive if your blood glucose is between 4 and 5 and you take a treatment which can cause hypoglycaemia. Correct the low blood glucose with carbohydrate and re-test.

• If your blood glucose is below 4 treat it withglucose. Do not drive until 45 minutes haspassed since the blood glucose was corrected to a value greater than 5 mmol/L

• If you develop hypoglycaemia whilst driving, stop the car in a safe place as soon as possible. NEVER ignore your symptoms. Remove the keys from the ignition and if possible and safe, move into the passenger seat and correct the hypoglycaemia with rapid acting glucose. For safety reasons do not drive until 45 minutes has passed since the re-test recorded a blood glucose of 5 mmol/L or greater as your concentration can be impaired

• Educate your family, friends and colleagues on how to treat hypoglycaemia. Make sure you carry diabetes identification which can help you in an emergency situation