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As long as your diabetes is well controlled, you

should be able to drive – you just have to pass

the TEST! Good luck!!!!


Learning to Drive


You’ll need cash and a provisional licence

before you can start taking driving lessons.

There will be a part on the form to fill out about

your diabetes.


Tell your driving instructor that you have

diabetes and what to do if you need help

dealing with a hypo.


Some careers have restrictions to being a

driver if you have Type 1 and the DVLA can

provide you with more information on this.


Applying for a Provisional License


When you apply for a provisional licence for a moped, motorbike or car you should tell the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) that you have diabetes.


When you Pass your Test


After passing your driving test you will receive a ‘DIAB 1’ form asking for:


• More information.


• Contact details of your GP.


• Consent for the DVLA to ring your GP if necessary


People with Type 1 diabetes get a licence for one, two or three years, which can then be renewed (free!).




There should also be no problem getting insurance, but you must tell an insurance company that you have diabetes. If you don’t, it may make your insurance invalid!


Held a driving licence before being diagnosed?

Then you must inform the DVLA and your insurance provider.

If your diabetes is well controlled, with no complications and you have a good awareness of hypos you will normally be issued with a new licence, which can take up to EIGHT WEEKS!


For more information read the Diabetes UK Driving and Diabetes handbook, which you can download for free here: www.diabetes.org.uk


You Must Inform the DVLA If:


• You have more than one episode of severe hypo within 12 months (if you require assistance from somebody else with a hypo)


• You stop recognising the signs that you are going to have a hypo - your GP or diabetes consultant will be able to assess this


• You experience a severe hypo while driving


• An existing medical condition gets worse or you develop any other condition that may affect your driving safely


At the First Sign of a Hypo:


• Stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so.


• Do not attempt to start again until the symptoms have disappeared


• Treat your hypo as you usually would.


At this time, you can’t be in charge of the car!




• Turn it OFF (remove the key!)


• Get OUT of the driver seat (if it is safe!)


• Get OVER the hypo (treat it!)


Hypos and Hypers


The most dangerous time to have a hypo is when driving, because you need all of your concentration then. So testing your blood glucose levels before you drive a car is essential.


The DVLA advises that if you experience warning signs of a hypo while driving you must always stop as soon as it is safe to do so – do not ignore the warning signs.


High blood sugars can make you feel tired, unwell, and need the toilet a lot.  So be careful not to fall asleep at the wheel and remember you might have to think about toilet stops!


See our sections on hypos and hypers for more information on each


Mighty DUK's Top Tips for driving


• Check blood glucose levels before driving (even on short journeys) and test regularly (every 2 hours) during longer journeys. If blood glucose is 5.0 mmol/l or less have a snack before driving.


• Always make sure you have stuff to treat a hypo in your car!


• Remember your meter! Or get a spare one for the car


• If you experience a hypo while driving, just treating it isn't enough, you should wait 45 min before you drive again and you should always retest first!


• Make sure you’ve eaten or had a snack before driving!


• Tell someone when to expect you!


Contact the DVLA for further information about driving and hypos, you can also find lots of helpful information in the Diabetes UK Driving and Diabetes handbook.


You can find contact details for the DVLA on www.gov.uk or via the DVLAs Facebook or Twitter pages.

"The most dangerous time to have a hypo is when driving, because you need all of your concentration then. So testing your blood glucose levels before you drive a car is essential."