5 Ways to Diabetes Proof Your Car

I drive a lot. Not like some people who log in hundreds of miles daily, weekly, or monthly, but I drive enough – as in almost every day. Some days I drive hundreds of miles round-trip, not to mention several multi-day road trips per year. I make it a point to make sure that my car is always diabetes ready.

How can you make your car diabetes ready?

  1. I always check my blood sugar before I put my key in the ignition. I don’t want a low or a high blood sugar to cause any problems when I’m behind the wheel for me or for anyone else.
  2. I always keep granola bars and a juice box in my glovebox to prevent low blood sugars (and so I can immediately treat without having to stop and buy food) and a bottle of glucose tabs in my cup holder; tropical fruit glucose tabs are my favorite.
  3. I wear an insulin pod, so so I make it a point to have two spare pods, extra alcohol wipes, and spare lancets in my glovebox just in case. Yes, I know my glovebox is super crowded.
  4. If I’m taking a long road trip, I pack a cooler and fill it with ice packs and foods that are healthy and easy to eat while driving. Foods like turkey sandwiches, grapes and apples (always pre-washed) small bananas, a ziplock bag filled with baby carrots, cheese sticks, nuts, extra juice boxes and lots of napkins. I also keep a bottle of back up insulin in there, because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  5. In my handbag I make sure to have spare batteries (for both my insulin pump and glucose meter) along with a vial of extra test-strips.

I like driving and I have to do a lot of it and I absolutely love to travel too. I’m not going to let diabetes prevent me from doing either.

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