Hypos when driving – Diabetes – DVLA guidance

Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar – ‘hypos’)

‘Hypos’ are Defined as a level less than 4 

What to do if you have a ‘hypos’:

  1. Stop driving 
  2. You should already have access to simple sugars in the cabin as mentioned in last weeks video
  3. Take some sugar!!! These can be sweets, chocolates or glucose tablets
  4. Don’t continue to drive until your blood sugar is above 4

Awareness of ‘hypos’

One of the requirements from the DVLA is that you must have awareness of a low blood sugar occurring. You continue to have this sensation if your diabetes is well controlled. So what would you feel – All or even some of the below:

  1. Sweaty or clammy
  2. Giddy
  3. Tired
  4. Lethargic
  5. Palpitations or a racing heart
  6. Weak
  7. tingling around the lips

Severe hypoglycaemic episodes

A sever episode is known as when your blood sugar has dropped to the point where you are unable to correct your blood sugar yourself, hence someone has had to come to assist you.

This is something which needs to be declared. It does unfortunately mean that your license will be paused for 12 months from your last episode. This is to prevent people from becoming unconscious on the wheel.

An example of what can happen if you do not adhere to these rules are the story of a driver who killed 6 innocent people, click here for more on this story.

How to avoid severe hypoglycaemic episodes 

  1. Have regular meals
  2. Monitor your blood sugars as the DVLA have advised (see last weeks post)
  3. You can have slow release carbohydrates like wholemeal bread or Weetabix to help prevent this
  4. Stick to your medication at the doses prescribed by your specialist

Information for drivers who take insulin and regarding low blood sugars is found here  DVLA guidance for drivers and low blood sugars. Please download it and keep a copy if you are on insulin or blood sugar lowering medication.

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THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THEREFORE, WE WOULD ADVISE YOU TO ALWAYS REFER TO GUIDANCE HANDED OUT BY THE DVLA FOR YOUR SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONDITION.

PLEASE SEE OUR BLOG FOR FURTHER DETAILS. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR WITH REGARDS TO FITNESS TO DRIVE.

IF YOU’RE STILL UNCERTAIN IF THE CONDITION REACHES THE THRESHOLD, YOU CAN DISCUSS THE CASE ANONYMOUSLY WITH A DVLA MEDICAL ADVISER BETWEEN 10.30AM AND 1PM ON THEIR HELPLINE 01792 782 337. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL OR WRITE TO THEM, WITH THESE CONTACT DETAILS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE NEW GUIDANCE.

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