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Driving

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by parkinsonryan, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. parkinsonryan

    parkinsonryan Type 1 · Member

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    I am type 1 diabetic I need to ring the DVLA and tell them will I get my car license taking of me I really don't want to loose my licence I am on levimir 2 times a day and novorapid 3 times a day thanks
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Mel dCP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Are you newly diagnosed? It’s just a routine thing, they’ll ask you to fill in a medical declaration, and then you'll have to renew it every three years. They may check with your doctor, but it’s all pretty routine stuff.
     
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  4. parkinsonryan

    parkinsonryan Type 1 · Member

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    So I probably won't loose it
     
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    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    You must tell the DVLA and your insurers. If you manage your diabetes well and do not have hypos requiring assistance, you will get a restricted 3 year license.
    If you do not tell them, you are uninsured (and maybe breaking the law) every time you drive.
     
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  6. parkinsonryan

    parkinsonryan Type 1 · Member

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    parkinsonryan Type 1 · Member

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    I haven't been driving I have only been diagnosed 1 week just need to ring in the next day or so
     
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    Mel dCP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No, probably not! I’ve been T1 20 years, diagnosed at 23 - and there’s never been an issue with either my car or motorcycle licence in that time. We just renew them every three years. There’s only problems if you have debilitating hypos or lose awareness of when they start. I’m even in the process of applying for my bus/lorry licence!

    And welcome to the club none of us wanted to join, you’ll find lots of help and support here x
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you had any hypos (low blood sugar episodes) yet? Three important things re hypos and driving
    1) you have hypo awareness so that you recognise when a hypo occurs and treat it. You need to not have needed help from others to recover from a daytime hypo.
    2) Always do a blood test before you get in the car to drive (and don't if you're too low).
    3) Always have sugar (glucose, jelly babies whatever) with you when you drive so you can stop and treat yourself if you feel low,

    Number 1 will ensure you keep your license, numbers 2 and 3 will ensure you don't hurt yourself or anyone else when driving. Driving when hypo kills.
     
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    akccoll Type 2 · Member

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    I have checked our car insurance policies and there is no requirement to declare my husbands newly acquired type 3c diabetes to them. It just says that he should have a licence to drive, which the DVLA have confirmed they are issuing.
     
  11. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I passed my test as a Type 1 in 1988. Every 3 years I have to fill out complicated medical questionnaires from DVLA. I quickly learnt to keep every report from Hospital/Surgery/and Diabetic Eye Screening tests. I also kept (and still do!) every piece of correspondence from the DVLA. I also photocopy everything I send to them. It is now 6 years since I had a pancreas/kidney transplant, but the DVLA computers do not understand. They keep sending me the forms in spite of the fact that I have sent letters from 3 clinics stating that I no longer receive treatment for Type 1 or any other form of diabetes! Only this morning they acknowledged that I had applied for a licence renewal, but they would need to get in touch with my kidney transplant man first.
    Thank God I have all the info in one place! I wish you happy driving and agree with others who have said that good control is paramount. Regardless of the DVLA you want to stay alive!
     
  12. GJ300

    GJ300 Type 1 · Member

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    No way, it may just require an appointment (review) with your GP every couple of years. Renew your license every year and just disclose if you have a serious hypo etc. I had the same anxiety, but it will be fine.
     
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    GJ300 Type 1 · Member

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    Sorry: Renew the license every 3 years... bit of paperwork
     
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