Truck driving is a career path that requires excellent health. Spending a lot of time seated, a condition that includes driving time, is a significant health risk. Your employer must ensure that you are healthy enough to take that health risk before they put you on the road.
In order to keep the roads safe and minimize health problems for drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a list of DOT physical requirements to pass a CDL DOT medical exam before earning a commercial driver’s license.
What Does The DOT Physical Exam Process Include?
- Vision Test: Your eyes will be tested, both separately and together, using a standard Snellen eye chart.
- Hearing Test: Your ability to hear, or not hear, sounds and tones at specific distances and frequencies will be tested and evaluated.
- Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate: Your blood pressure and pulse rate will be taken, abnormally high readings/hypertension may result in a shorter medical certification.
- Urinalysis: Your urine sample will be tested in a lab for blood, sugar, and protein, which might indicate hidden health problems. Note that Drug & Alcohol Testing will be done by the trucking companies during the pre-employment process.
What Are The DOT Physical Requirements For Driving A Commercial Motor Vehicle?
Per FMCSA guidelines, a driver is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if he/she:
- Has no loss of a foot, leg, hand, or arm, unless they have been granted a skill performance evaluation certificate.
- Has no impairment of a hand or finger that prevents grasping, or arm, foot, or leg which would interfere with driving a truck.
- Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control.
- Has no current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive cardiac failure.
- Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with his/her ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely.
- Contact Dr. Dean Zusmer at Miami Accident Center to learn more about the DOT physical requirements
What You Need for the DOT Physical Miami Exam
- Bringing specific paperwork to your exam will help Dr. Dean Zusmer assess whether or not you meet DOT physical requirements in Miami. Follow these guidelines:
- Bring comprehensive medical records from your primary care doctor if your primary care doctor is not the one performing your exam.
- If you have any health conditions, bring the name and contact information for the doctor who treats you for each condition. Conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea typically require additional paperwork, such as sleep test results or stress test results.
- Bring a complete medication list. The list should include every medication you take, its strength, its dosage, and the prescribing doctor.
Learn more about the DOT Physical Requirements Today!
The DOT physical Miami exam ensures that you are healthy enough to drive, which protects your health and the safety of others on the road. Stay active, eat well, take all your medications, and you should be well on your way to passing a dot physical.
At Miami Accident Center we care about the DOT commercial driver applicants, offering no wait exams by appointment. Miami Accident Center can help you with your CDL DOT physical Miami exam and get you back on the road fast! – Schedule your CDL Physical Miami Exam today!
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