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hi ther folks , i'm a type 1 diabetic with yo-yo levels when i discuss this with my nurse and specialist the only reply i get is that if i don't get this problem sorted out i'll lose my driving licences . Honestly !!!
If my driving licences go's it's a game finisher as i live in rural Scotland and have my own company . Do people with heart condtions get the same threats about driving ???
I would love to have the text book results everytime but it's just not possible belive me i've tried.

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Every country or state has it's own Motor Vehicle Rules. I think the problem with uncontrolled diabetics is that if you are on a roller coaster of highs and lows. They usually suggest you test before you drive anyplace and take appropriate measures to raise bgs if needed. In the US usually they won't take away your liscense unless you have had an accident. I know people who have had their liscence taken away for other diseases that may cause black outs at the wheel.
 
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hi ther folks , i'm a type 1 diabetic with yo-yo levels when i discuss this with my nurse and specialist the only reply i get is that if i don't get this problem sorted out i'll lose my driving licences . Honestly !!!
If my driving licences go's it's a game finisher as i live in rural Scotland and have my own company . Do people with heart condtions get the same threats about driving ???
I would love to have the text book results everytime but it's just not possible belive me i've tried.

PS Type 1 Diabetes for Sale , owner pig sick of it.
As I understand it, the UK rules are pretty firm. If you use insulin, you cannot drive. You are committing an offence if you do so without notifying the DVLA of your condition. This link seems to give a good summary of the rules: Driving with Diabetes
 

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As I understand it, the UK rules are pretty firm. If you use insulin, you cannot drive. You are committing an offence if you do so without notifying the DVLA of your condition. This link seems to give a good summary of the rules: Driving with Diabetes
The law in the UK has changed (or is changing soon) to bring us in line with Europe

You can drive if you are on insulin (or any other drug that can bring on hypos), BUT you do have to demonstrate good blood sugar control

From goverment website

Please be aware that when treated with medication which carries a risk of inducing hypoglycaemia (this includes insulin, sulphonylureas and glinides) evidence will also be required to demonstrate adequate control of the condition by regular blood glucose monitoring (at least twice daily and at times relevant to driving). Applicants with insulin treated diabetes will need to have used a blood glucose meter with a memory function to measure and record blood glucose levels for at least three months prior to submitting their application.

Changes to the standards for drivers with diabetes mellitus - important update 20th September 2011

I know it sounds harsh, but if you do have poor control of your blood sugar, you really should not be driving till you have better control.
 

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This thread is very relevant for me because each time I travel to the US and any other country I usually pick up a rental (hertz or something) from the airport. Normally my Indian License along with the International driving permit (IDP) holds good for upto 3 months.

Will things change for me, now that I am a diabetic ? Though my question currently specifically for the US, but members from other countries can please also let me know because my job makes me travel a lot.
 

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This thread is very relevant for me because each time I travel to the US and any other country I usually pick up a rental (hertz or something) from the airport. Normally my Indian License along with the International driving permit (IDP) holds good for upto 3 months.

Will things change for me, now that I am a diabetic ? Though my question currently specifically for the US, but members from other countries can please also let me know because my job makes me travel a lot.
Because you are Type 2 and only on metformin, in the UK at least , you dont have a problem (but you do need to inform who ever is insuring you - they may charge extra). The issue is drugs that potentially make your blood sugar go that low you pass out
 

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Here in the US, driver requirements vary from state to state. Though I'm far from an ADA fan, their link to drivers license laws by state is a pretty good reference for diabetics on the road.

But ... these laws can be tricky. I also strongly recommend checking with the official Motor Vehicle Department for each state you visit.

California's a case in point. Here, the concern is lows. Highs are not seen as an issue. If you're a California diabetic on insulin and you pass out from a low, your medical team must report it, and you can lose your license - even if you were nowhere near a vehicle at the time.

On the other hand, you do not have to report your own insulin use to the DMV unless you've had incidents. (But the way the regulation's written, self-reporting looks like the right thing to do, no matter your level of control. A deep check of the DMV site shows this ain't necessarily so.)

On the other-other hand, any member of your medical team can (if they feel like it) report your insulin use to the DMV, even if there haven't been any actual incidents.

Sometimes diabetics under good control do find themselves forced to defend their driving privileges, either because of over-nervous medical staff or their own self-reporting.
 

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This is a good subject. I had no idea that driving is a problem for Diabetics. I looked up Driving with Diabetes. It pointed out when it is safe for you to drive. Read that part and stick to what it says.

Keep testing your levels to make sure that you are in the normal range for driving.That means eating properly and exercise. My numbers are in good shape. I just had my A1c taken. It is in the 5 point range. I stick to a certain diet and it works for me.

That may sound boring, eating the same meals everyday. Whatever it takes to be in the normal range so you can continue driving.

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I drove professionally for 12 years. Over 1.6 miliion miles. After a heart attack and going on the needle (insulin) Dept of Transportation pretty much pulled the plug on me. BuT am allowed to drive personally. I'm guessing they have different rules in Scotland
 

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This is a good subject. I had no idea that driving is a problem for Diabetics. I looked up Driving with Diabetes. It pointed out when it is safe for you to drive. Read that part and stick to what it says.

Keep testing your levels to make sure that you are in the normal range for driving.That means eating properly and exercise. My numbers are in good shape. I just had my A1c taken. It is in the 5 point range. I stick to a certain diet and it works for me.

That may sound boring, eating the same meals everyday. Whatever it takes to be in the normal range so you can continue driving.

Ruth
Ruth, I'm sure eating the same meals everyday makes it a very easy trip to the grocery store! Might get boring, but efficient! :)
 

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I drove professionally for 12 years. Over 1.6 miliion miles. After a heart attack and going on the needle (insulin) Dept of Transportation pretty much pulled the plug on me. BuT am allowed to drive personally. I'm guessing they have different rules in Scotland
I do not understand. What is the difference between driving professionally or personally? I thought driving was driving.

I once saw an accident years ago from my window. A person had a heart attack while driving and 2 other cars were in the crash. He died and so did another person in another car.

I do not drive. When I was 16 years old, it was legal for people with epilepsy to drive. I decided not too. I thought about it and decided what if I have an accident and kill myself and possibly someone else.

I take public transportation and walking. When we move, I always make sure that a bus stop is close by.

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This thread is very relevant for me because each time I travel to the US and any other country I usually pick up a rental (hertz or something) from the airport. Normally my Indian License along with the International driving permit (IDP) holds good for upto 3 months.

Will things change for me, now that I am a diabetic ? Though my question currently specifically for the US, but members from other countries can please also let me know because my job makes me travel a lot.
I have been a Type 1 diabetic for many years and the question has never come when renting a car anywhere in the US or the foreign countries I have visited. In the US, my own insurance covers me (they know my condition) if there is an accident when I am renting a car. But I have on occasion purchased the insurance offered by the rental firms. Never a problem. I think you will be fine.
 

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I do not understand. What is the difference between driving professionally or personally? I thought driving was driving.

I once saw an accident years ago from my window. A person had a heart attack while driving and 2 other cars were in the crash. He died and so did another person in another car.

I do not drive. When I was 16 years old, it was legal for people with epilepsy to drive. I decided not too. I thought about it and decided what if I have an accident and kill myself and possibly someone else.

I take public transportation and walking. When we move, I always make sure that a bus stop is close by.

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I assume that jacrabbitt means that he lost his (British term coming up) Heavy Goods Vehicle licence but retained his private car licence. I don't think the British system would permit driving of any sort where the issue is medical although for other reasons, you could lose the HGV licence but keep the private car one.

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Hi John,

Thank you for explaining it to me.

That is the advantage to a worldwide support group. I get to learn different laws and customs in different countries.

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I do not understand. What is the difference between driving professionally or personally? I thought driving was driving.


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The difference is with a CDL (commercial drivers license ) you can drive a truck that weighs 70,000 Lb or MORE. That will do a lot more damage than a 5,000 Lb SUV
 
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