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From Jacksonville, Florida, USA:

My son, who is about to turn 15, has had type 1 since age 2. He is getting ready to get his driver's license. Are there any laws or guidelines or recommendations for teens with type 1 who are driving? Another 16-year-old in our community was driving and had a severe low and was killed in an automobile accident a few years back.


Several studies have shown that drivers with type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of automobile accidents. Two recent studies (December 2009) are particularly noteworthy:

  1. In Motor vehicle crashes in diabetic patients with tight glycemic control: a population-based case control analysis, researchers found that “…tighter glycemic control, as measured by the HbA1c, is associated with an increased risk of a motor vehicle crash."
  2. In Driving Mishaps Among Individuals With Type 1 Diabetes, researchers concluded “Many individuals with type 1 diabetes report hypoglycemia-related driving events. Clinicians should explore the recent experiences with hypoglycemia while driving and the risk of future events."

Everyone who drives with type 1 diabetes should check their blood glucose level before driving -- every single time. Continuous glucose sensors offer a potential benefit for drivers, since the sensor can alert to an impending low blood sugar in time to allow the driver to pull over and treat.


Original posting 14 Jun 2010
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