Driving with type 1 diabetes is something your diabetes education centre usually touches on when you're first learning about how diabetes affects every single thing that you do and visa versa. In fact just recently I had to sign a paper on the d.e.c of London saying that they covered the information about driving and diabetes. It is extremely important to drive above five because we all know how we feel when we have a low now imagine getting behind the wheel.
Personally, I do a lot of driving and luckily I have a good sense if I feel low even when I am just tipping below five. I have had a few experiences of going low at the wheel and having to stop in somewhere to park, grab something and sit. Last night when I was heading back to London I had to stop at a truck stop after feeling not like myself, I pulled in, checked my blood sugar and headed into the truck stop to grab Sweetarts.
Sitting at the truck stop, keys in lap, Sweetarts in hand - I started to realize how much diabetes impacts ones life. How many extra obstacles a diabetic has to go through in order just to do regular, everyday things like drive home. A low in your bedroom, is impacting yourself, but a low on the highway can be so much more. It goes to show how important it can be to check blood sugars often and listen to your 'blood sugar' instincts.