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Hi, everyone! I have a question about diabetes and driving. Are there campaigns in your local area that forces people to test their blood sugar before driving?  I find this appalling that this would have to be a requirement.  I find this very inconvenient and against are rights as citizens.  And the extra costs of supplies needed to check our blood sugar when entering a vehicle is something to consider as well.  It seems like we are treated like drunk drivers, the ones who have to use a breath analyzer every time they use their car.  Are there any thoughts on this?

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Hi guest,

Well, since you asked...

Driving is a privelege, not a right.  If you have a possible medical issue that could cause you to lose control of the vehicle, FOR ANY REASON, then testing before operating the vehicle is a logical requirement.

Don't look at it as an inconvenience for you but as for protecting the safety of others.

Good luck.

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I don't believe there is a law for drivers to test their blood sugar unless they drive big rigs or semi trucks.  You should check your blood sugar if you are feeling "just not right" before you step into your vehicle, however.  You don't want to experience a low blood sugar driving.  This would be dangerous for you as well as other drivers. It is recommended to keep your blood sugar testing equipment with you even when you are driving.  Hypoglycemia can happen at any time.  If you feel dizzy, hungry, or experiencing any other symptoms of a low blood sugar, pull over safely and as soon as possible to check your blood sugar.  Always keep a snack like a candy bar handy so that if you are having a hypoglycemic episode, it will bring your blood sugar up quickly.

If you are an over-the-road driver, you may want to check your regulations to ensure you are in compliance with your company, state, and federal regulations.  It is your responsibility to be a safe driver regardless of the rules, whether you are driving a big truck or your personal vehicle.  Make sure you carry extra snacks with you in case you need to bring your sugar back up.

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