Managing Type 2 Diabetes: Ensuring Safety while Driving
Generally, people with diabetes aren’t restricted when driving or getting a private driver’s license. There may be some restrictions for obtaining a commercial driver’s license. All states have special licensing rules about medical conditions. Some states apply these rules to all drivers with diabetes. Others apply them only to people with certain medications or symptoms (insulin use, loss of consciousness, low blood glucose, seizures, foot problems such as neuropathy, and vision problems such as retinopathy).
Follow the same safety guidelines as others when driving your car, such as not drinking alcohol or using drugs while driving. Consider your blood glucose if you’re feeling low or experiencing more lows than usual. Carry your blood glucose meter and glucose tablets or gels. Be aware of warning signs of low blood glucose and pull over if you feel a low coming on.
Some people with diabetes may have complications such as vision problems or sensation problems related to nerves or blood vessels in their hands or feet. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether these complications may affect your driving and ask for a referral to a driving specialist who can evaluate your driving.