Driving with Diabetes: 10 Things You Need to Know

As anyone with diabetes knows, the disease can affect many different facets of your life — including driving. Although many people with diabetes can safely drive a car without any issue, there are instances where having diabetes can cause problems with vision and loss of consciousness. It’s essential to be aware of these issues and to take the appropriate safety precautions, both before you get behind the wheel, and while you’re on the road. Ensuring your own safety, as well as the safety of others, is of the utmost importance. Here are 10 things you need to know when it comes to driving with diabetes.

10. Check Local Licensing Laws

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to look into your state’s licensing laws to make sure you’re driving legally. States do not ban people from driving simply due to diabetes, but certain states may have specific requirements if you exhibit complications or certain symptoms. In Michigan, for example, you must get a medical exam and submit a medical evaluation form if you have lost consciousness due to a medical condition in the past six months. Keep in mind that laws can vary significantly from state to state, so it’s crucial to visit your local licensing agency to learn what you need to do for legal licensing.

9. Always Wear Identification

When you drive, be sure to wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace. If you’re in an accident, or if you lose consciousness when your car is parked, this ensures that emergency responders can identify that you have diabetes and provide treatment accordingly. Don’t simply rely on a medical ID card; wallets and purses are too easily separated from you, particularly in emergency situations.

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