Diabetes and Driving

You will need to inform the DVLA that you have been diagnosed a Diabetic.

This is a legal requirement.

What normally happens is that they grant you a driving licence for three years, which will then be renewed subject to satisfactory medical checks.

The details you need are:

DVLA Medical Lines 0300 790 6806

The medical section of the DVLA, are very knowledgeable, efficient and understanding
and they will do their best to help you.

If newly diagnosed, you should refrain from driving until your diabetes is under control and once you are able to drive again, avoid long tiring journeys. Take regular breaks and stop immediately
if you feel unwell or suspect a hypo.

Before driving it is recommended that you test yourself - this is because you can be charged with being under the influence of a drug, driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving should you have a hypo at the wheel that causes an accident. This is important for everyone's safety including your own.

If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident when driving - take your blood sugar level, if you are able to, as having a reading at the time of the incident could help protect you in the event of a claim. It is also a good idea to carry a disposable camera in your glove box to take pictures of the scene, which will help prove who was at fault later on. 

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