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Driving with Type 1 Diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes and you want to drive, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you are safe on the road.

Tell the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). You must tell the DVLA if you have type 1 diabetes and you are taking insulin. You can do this online or by post.

Get a medical report from your doctor. Your doctor will need to fill out a medical report for the DVLA. This report will confirm that you have type 1 diabetes and that you are managing it safely.

Meet the DVLA's fitness to drive standards. The DVLA has a number of fitness to drive standards that you must meet if you want to drive with type 1 diabetes. These standards include:

  • You must be able to control your blood sugar levels safely.
  • You must be able to recognize and treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
  • You must be able to manage your diabetes during a long journey.

If you meet the DVLA's fitness to drive standards, you will be issued with a driving licence with the following restrictions:

  • You must check your blood sugar levels no more than 2 hours before driving.
  • You must check your blood sugar levels every 2 hours if you are on a long journey.
  • You must carry sugary snacks and snacks with long-lasting carbs in the car in case of hypoglycemia.

If you have any questions about driving with type 1 diabetes, talk to your doctor or the DVLA.

Here are some additional tips for driving safely with type 1 diabetes:

  • Plan your journeys carefully and make sure you have enough time to check your blood sugar levels and eat snacks.
  • Avoid driving long distances alone.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Carry a blood glucose meter, insulin, and snacks in the car.
  • If you have a hypo, pull over to a safe place and treat it immediately. Do not drive until you feel better.

By following these tips, you can safely drive with type 1 diabetes and enjoy the freedom of mobility.

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