Start Driver's Education early with your teen. Establish a diabetes management routine before the big day arrives to get a permit or license. Be sure to talk about rules and responsibilities that come with a driver's license.
Here are some rules of the road to pass on to your teen:
- Pass the test. Check your blood glucose (BG) before getting into the car. Every time. No exceptions.
- Stop for a diabetes red light. Treat low BG and then recheck in 15 minutes. Do not get behind the wheel until BG is in the target range.
- Slow down. Treat BG even if it means being late. It's never ok to drive with a low BG. Call whoever is waiting for you and explain why you'll be a little late. They'll understand.
- Always have enough fuel. Stock the car with healthy, non-perishable snacks and fast-acting sugars. And keep your D-supplies within easy reach.
- Pull over. Pull over immediately if you are feeling sick or low while driving. Check your BG, treat yourself, wait 15 minutes and then recheck.
- ID, please. Don't leave home without a driver's license and medical ID bracelet or necklace. Always wear medical ID.