If you ever wanted to be a trucker, you know that getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a crucial part of the process. The DOT requires drivers to have a physical exam before they are cleared for their CDL. For those who want to learn more about driving a commercial vehicle, here’s everything you need to know about getting a DOT physical so you meet all the requirements of your license.
Who Needs a DOT Physical?
Some drivers are required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to receive regular physicals in order to ensure that they can drive safely. More specifically, those who operate a vehicle that can hold up to 15 passengers or those who drive more than 75 miles from their place of work will likely have to get a DOT physical. Other criteria such as transporting hazardous materials or operating a vehicle that weighs more than 10,001 pounds can also qualify drivers for these exams.
What to Expect at Your Exam
Similar to a regular physical, the physician will perform procedures such as checking your blood pressure, listening to your heart, checking for abnormalities in the abdomen and much more. Additionally, you will have to perform a vision test to prove that your vision is clear enough to drive. Essentially, the doctor will be checking to make sure that your health will not hinder your driving abilities in any way.
What sets the DOT physical apart from a regular exam is the inclusion of a drug test. Typically, this test is 5-paneled, which checks for the presence of five different drugs in your system. The DOT is strict about the use of drugs when it comes to licensing drivers, simply because the effects of such can eliminate your ability to drive safely.
Health History and DOT Driver Restrictions
Prior to your DOT physical, you will have to fill out a form that goes over your medical history. Your physician should address this history with you in order to complete the examination. Certain health complications like blood pressure, epilepsy and even certain mental disorders can prevent you from obtaining a DOT license. Some conditions can be treated by your physician, in which case you might be able to obtain a license if you continue treatment.
Here at UrgentWay Walk-In Medical Center, we can perform your DOT physical so that you can meet the requirements for getting your license. To learn more about our center and physical exams, feel free to contact us or stop by the office today.