To be eligible to get a type 1 diabetes driving licence you have to satisfy the licencing authorities that you are fit to drive.
Laws are different all over the world and laws can even vary from state to state inside an individual country. The overarching answer to the question of whether diabetics can hold a driving licence is yes they can.
Inform the authorities if you become diabetic
You must inform the licencing authorities if you develop diabetes and you will be required to update them with regular check-ups from your doctor. Some type 1 diabetics may only be granted a restricted driver licence. Generally speaking, type 2 diabetics will be given a driving licence without restriction.
Diabetic complications such as eye problems are of concern to driving authorities and again regular check-ups will be required to prove that you are “road worthy”.
Laws have come a long way in recent times and although the laws were seemingly stacked against diabetics driving previously, they are now a lot more accepting.
Commercial drivers may find getting a driver licence somewhat more restricted, although the laws are embracing and accepting diabetics on the road more and more.
You must prove you are road worthy
You must prove to the licencing authorities that you have satisfactory control of your diabetes which is proved via regular check ups at your doctor.
Hypoglycemia can severely impair your ability to drive a motor vehicle properly and with adequate care. To counter such problems you should carry emergency sweets in your glove box. In worst case scenarios you may need to pull your car over to the side of the road and wait until you have recovered from your hypo.
I had a hypo while driving once
It happened to me once when I was driving and I had rushed out the door early in the morning without checking my blood sugar levels. Shortly after my departure I could tell that I was on the verge of having a hypo. I lost control of my hand for a split second and my car veered suddenly to the right. I quickly put on my hazard lights and pulled the car over. I ate a handful of jelly beans and was back on the road very quickly.
Hypoglcemia is the big fear when you are behind the wheel of a car. I always carry jelly beans and other sugary sweets in my glovebox. I also carry a blood sugar monitor in my car. It is wise to test your blood sugar levels before driving, especially if you are going to take a long trip in the car. Remember you are risking your own life and the lives of other motorists.
Getting a diabetes driving licence is not difficult at all. Primarily you will need to prove that your diabetes is under good control. Any time you get behind the wheel you should take the precaution of checking your blood sugar level. Other than that it should be business as usual for you as a driver. Remember to take care on the road.
Let me know if you have had an issues on the road previously.