Travel and Driving
If you are going on a trip, whether by car, plane or train, it
is essential that you plan your diabetes management for the
duration of the journey.
There are a number of things to consider when planning a trip,
such as different airline regulations (for domestic and
international travel), ensuring you have a well-timed itinerary,
in-flight needs and being prepared for unexpected situations, such
as delayed travel.
As long as your diabetes is well-managed there's no reason why
you shouldn't be issued with a licence. However you must tell the
road transport authority and your insurance company that you have
Check your blood glucose level before driving and ensure the
reading is above 5mmol/L. Carry fast and longer acting carbohydrate
when you drive. Also carry your blood glucose meter. Check your
blood glucose level at least every two hours on long trips and
check that the reading is above 5mmol/L. If a hypo occurs, pull
over safely and treat it immediately.
You should not drive if you:
- Have difficulty recognising the early signs of
- Are just starting to take insulin and your blood glucose levels
are not yet within the recommended range
- Have problems with your eyesight that are not corrected with
- Have numbness or weakness in your limbs
- Have been feeling unwell - this can upset blood glucose
Most insurance policies exclude pre-existing medical conditions
such as diabetes, because although diabetes can be treated, people
with the condition are more likely to develop medical complications
(such as blindness, nerve damage and kidney problems).
It is essential when arranging a policy that you fully inform
the insurance company about your diabetes even if they do not ask.
If you don't, you might find your claim is rejected.
For more information about safe travel and driving, please
see the 'Information for travel' resources provide on this