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What do DOT Physicals Entail?

semi truckIf you’re looking to begin a career as a commercial truck driver, you’ll need to complete a series of steps in order to obtain your commercial driver’s license and start your new career. One of these steps is to receive a DOT physical. This is what this kind of physical entails.

1. You’ll Be Given a Vision Test

While you don’t have to have perfect vision to be a commercial truck driver, your vision must be at least at 20/40. This includes for those who reach this level while wearing glasses. You must also have peripheral vision of at least 70 inches.

2. You’ll Undergo a Urinalysis

A urinalysis will be conducted to check to see if you have any conditions, such as diabetes, that could affect your ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle for extended periods of time. The urine may also be submitted for drug testing or an alcohol screening if your potential employer requests it.

3. You’ll Be Asked About Your Medical History

Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history during the physical. You may be asked about your family’s health history, medications you’re on, previous medical issues you may have experienced, and other questions about your health.

4. They Will Take Your Blood Pressure Measurement

You’ll be checked for hypertension, or high blood pressure. This is because hypertension can cause other serious issues, including stroke or heart disease, which can affect your safety on the road.

5. You’ll Be Asked About Your Mental Health

During the physical, you’ll be asked about your mental health and whether or not you deal with conditions like anxiety or depression.

6. You’ll Receive a Physical Examination

Your doctor will examine you physically to check for medical conditions, obesity, extremity functions, and signs of possible alcoholism. Really, they will check for anything that may prevent you from being safe for extended periods on the road.

7. They’ll Perform a Hernia Test

During the physical, your doctor will also perform a hernia test by applying pressure to your pelvic region and asking you to turn your head and cough. Hernias are painful and potentially dangerous if they occur while you’re behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

DOT Physicals from Workmed Occupational Health

Workmed Occupational Health offers DOT physicals in Las Cruces. If you’re looking to obtain your commercial driver’s license and are in need of a DOT physical, we can help. Give us a call today to learn more.

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