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Many people with diabetes drive. By law, it’s your responsibility to tell the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch of Alberta Transportation that you have diabetes. They’ll ask you questions and decide if you need a driver medical report for your diabetes.
If you need a driver medical report, your healthcare provider will fill out a report on how stable your blood glucose levels are. There may be a cost from your doctor to do this. If you have questions, contact the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch.
There can be some risks when you’re driving and you have diabetes. Talk to your healthcare provider about:
If you have diabetes and you drive, you should have a complete medical examination at least every 2 years. If you are a commercial driver, you should have a complete medical examination when you apply for your commercial licence.
You must test your blood glucose before you start to drive. Make sure your blood glucose is over 5.0 mmol/L before you drive.
If you can’t recognize early symptoms of low blood glucose until they become severe (hypoglycemia unawareness) or have a history of severe low blood glucose in the past year, you must:
If your blood glucose goes low while you’re driving:
Check your blood glucose at least every 4 hours if you’re driving a long distance.
Always have your blood glucose meter or continuous glucose monitor (CGM), quick-acting sugar, and snacks in your car where you can reach them easily.
Learn more about how to drive safe with diabetes.
You’ll know your blood glucose levels are not stable if:
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_diabetes_driving_inst.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of:July 20, 2022
Author: Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management, Alberta Health Services
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