Sugar Smart

Top tips from our resident car and diabetes expert!

  • Make sure the DVLA is aware of your condition! Failing to do so will only invalidate your insurance policy and possibly even driving licence itself.
  • Keep your check-ups with your doctor regular. Every diabetic will need to renew their driving licence every 1, 2 or 3 years. This will require a letter from your doctor saying that you’re fit to be behind the wheel of your car.
  • You need to test your blood sugar levels before and during driving. If your reading is below 5mmol/l before getting in the car you will need to eat some carbohydrate to keep you going. If you’re to have a hypo whilst driving, you need to pull over in a safe place, remove the keys and move out of the driving seat. This way, if a police officer is to approach, they won’t think that you’re trying to drive.
  • If you’re going on a long journey, don’t delay meal times and make sure you test at least every 2 hours! Better to be safe than sorry, right?
  • After having a hypo, you shouldn’t drive for at least 45 minutes after the reading has turned to normal, around 7mmol/l.