Monitoring your blood glucose level is key to driving safely if you are on blood glucose medication. The Department of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) shares tips if hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) strikes.
Department of Endocrinology at
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, shares offers driving tips and precautions for those on glucose-lowering medication and going behind the wheel.
10 Tips to drive safely while on diabetes medication
Always bring along a glucometer to monitor blood glucose readings
Bring along quick and long-acting carbohydrates to treat
hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose)
Protect your glucometer from extreme temperature and direct sunlight to ensure accurate blood glucose readings
Always test your blood glucose levels before driving and every 2 hours into driving
If your blood glucose reading is below 5.0 mmol/L, take 15g of long-acting carbohydrates before you start driving e.g.:
Have a Medik Awas card (see below) to identify you as a person with diabetes in the event of an emergency
If you have had a hypoglycaemia episode, treat the hypoglycaemia and do not drive until you have fully recovered
Do not drive with blood glucose levels below 5.0 mmol/L
Avoid driving when you are tired or are on medications that may cause drowsiness
Never drink and drive
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What is a Medik Awas card?
According to the Singapore Medical Association (SMA), the Medik Awas card aims to prevent medical mishaps by alerting medical and dental personnel to any specific medical problems of registrants.
Medik Awas cards are useful for those with diabetes since it contains important information like your medical conditions and the medications you are on. This is important as it can alert strangers to the potential cause of your problem should you become unwell and are unable to verbalise why.
How do I apply for a Medik Awas card?
Get your medical or dental practitioner to enroll you in the Medik Awas scheme.
Your doctor should fill up the Medik Awas application form at
Once completed, you should submit the application to SMA through mail.
Mail the completed and signed Medik Awas form, with relevant fees and a passport-sized photo to:
Medik Awas Department
Singapore Medical Association
No. 2 College Road
Level 2 Alumni Medical Centre
What is the cost of a Medik Awas card?
The registration fees for a Medik Awas card (as at 1 January 2012) are as follows:
Registration and Identification Card||
Registration, Identification Card and Amulet||
Renewal/Replacement of Card||
How and when will I receive the Medik Awas card?
A laminated Medik Awas card will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks through normal mail.
The card will bear the following:
The nature of your allergies and/or medical problem
Your doctor’s name and contact number
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For more details on
when to check your blood glucose levels and what to do when hypoglycaemia occurs, see the previous page.
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