- The vast majority of people with diabetes drive regularly and safely.
- Driving by patients with diabetes may, however, be impaired by three factors: hypoglycemia, diabetes complications, and hyperglycemia.
- Hypoglycemia unawareness may pose an increased threat to driving.
- With the exception of interstate commercial driving, which is subject to federal regulations, rules are determined by each state
- Some states impose no special requirements for people with diabetes while others ask more detailed questions about the condition
- Drivers with diabetes are identified in various ways. In about half of the states, drivers are asked if they have diabetes or a condition likely to cause altered perception or loss of consciousness while driving; if the answer is yes, a medical evaluation is usually required before a license will be issued.
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Last updated: September 13, 2018
Manalo, Anna, and Rita Rastogi Kalyani. "Driving With Diabetes." Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide, 2018. Johns Hopkins Guides, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547043/all/Driving_with_Diabetes.
Manalo A, Rastogi Kalyani R. Driving with Diabetes. Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. 2018. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547043/all/Driving_with_Diabetes. Accessed November 29, 2023.
Manalo, A., & Rastogi Kalyani, R. (2018). Driving with Diabetes. In Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547043/all/Driving_with_Diabetes
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