Diabetes + Driving

Diabetes + Driving

Be responsible- a “hypo” while driving could be fatal not only for you but for others also:

  • Plan your trip
  • Do not drive if blood glucose is < 5mmol/l and or you feel hypoglycaemic
  • Keep a supply of dextrose sweets or glucose drinks, fruit within easy reach in the vehicle
  • Carry ID to show you have diabetes
  • Be prepared for traffic delays
  • Carry your glucose meter with you
  • Check your blood glucose levels ever 2 hours while you are driving

If you suspect symptoms of low blood glucose whilst driving:

  • Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
  • Switch off the engine, remove the keys and move to the passenger seat
  • Treat your low blood glucose with fast acting glucose such as 100mls of Lucozade
  • Retest your blood glucose after 10 minutes
  • You should not start driving until 45 minutes after this has returned to normal

You must inform the Licensing Authority and your Insurance company if:

  • You have diabetes and are being treated with Insulin or tablets, which carry a risk of inducing Hypoglycaemia
  • Your diabetes treatment changes
  • You experience severe hypoglycaemia while driving
  • You or your medical team feels you are at high risk of developing hypoglycaemia
  • You suffer more than one episode of severe hypoglycaemia within the last 12 months

Renewing your licence for a Class 1 Licence: (Cars and motor cycles)

Each time a person with diabetes wishes to renew their driving licence they must present a completed medical card form stating their fitness to drive. The duration of the medical certification of fitness to drive will determine the duration of the licence.


Did you know that you are entitled to a FREE eye examination every two years or every year if you have a change in your vision or are DIABETIC under the medical card scheme and employers PRSI scheme.


(2013 Regulations Developed by Diabetes Nurse Specialists, RSA and Diabetes Ireland)