Living with Diabetes

Diabetes and Driving

For the most part you should be ok driving if you have Diabetes. However, in some situations you may need to refrain from driving. If you've got Diabetes, you need to be aware of the risks involved otherwise you will be a danger to yourself and others on the road.

One of the biggest risks is the possibility of having a hypo or hypoglycaemic episode (low blood glucose levels) when driving. This is very dangerous and you need to be aware of the risks and how to minimize this from happening. Not all patients with Diabetes have this risk but if you're taking insulin or medications such as sulfonylureas that can cause low blood sugar levels, you need be very cautious. Additionally, if your blood sugar levels are high and uncontrolled, you also need to be very cautious. If you are not sure if you are at a higher risk, talk to your healthcare team.

You should not drive if you:

What will I do if I feel a hypo (low blood sugar levels) when driving?

Also, high blood sugar levels could leave you feeling unwell or tired, and may affect your ability to drive safely. You should avoid if you blood sugar levels are high and uncontrolled. 

Remember to consider the following: