Driving Advocacy

Millions of Americans with diabetes drive safely every day and the American Diabetes Association believes that any person with diabetes should be eligible for any driver's license for which he or she is individually qualified. We are working to ensure that people with diabetes are subject to fair and medically-supported rules regarding driver licensing. 

Recent advocacy efforts include the Association's first position statement on diabetes and driving. We also provided input to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the development of driver fitness guidelines. 

Diabetes and Driving (January 2012)

Driver Fitness Medical Guidelines (September 2009)
(Appendix C – Alternative Viewpoint on Assessing Driver Fitness – contains a summary of the alternate expert opinion of the American Diabetes Association)

ADA submitted comments in response to the draft Driver Fitness Medical Guidelines objecting to many of the specific recommendations involving drivers with diabetes:

Comments to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (January 2009)

Comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (July 2009)

  • Last Reviewed: January 29, 2010
  • Last Edited: November 6, 2013

Articles from Diabetes Forecast® magazine:

Diabetes Forecast