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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

We have them for free as many as you want for our state. 24/7.

Hey Denny, thanks for posting. I hope you find your way into a truck!

I have a question. When do they put out the free state maps? Is it all year round, or just once a year? I got some recently in several states, but I felt like I hit the jackpot because normally there are never any sitting out when I check. Is this the season for free maps?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

Idk my state just has the basic amenities, but I stopped at a welcome center in Florida one time and they had free wifi and free freshly squeezed orange juice.

Why do states spend so much money on some of these fancy new rest areas? Some are pretty nice. I'm happy with any place that I can pee, park and wash my hands though.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

No, I have never did it. Well, I take that back, my rest area doesn't have an overnight parking rule, but I did tell some rainbow family bus people we did because they were leaving trash literally all over the parking lot and using drugs.

I'll actually ask a question lol. Do any rest areas actually try to enforce the no overnight parking rule? I've stayed and err umm slept at several of them. Usually I try not to, but often the sign isn't visible until you're in there and out of hours.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

Tell that to the hundreds of drivers I talk to a week that are diagnosed with it and don't tell their doctor.

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This Is true and false, I know many drivers that have sleep apnea and just don't tell anyone and still get 2 year cards.

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Dot Medical Long Form: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/MedicalExaminationReportFormMCSA5875.pdf

Question 26.

You gonna LIE?

I certify that the above information is accurate and complete. I understand that inaccurate, false or missing information may invalidate the examination and my Medical Examiner's Certificate, that submission of fraudulent or intentionally false information is a violation of 49 CFR 390.35, and that submission of fraudulent or intentionally false information may subject me to civil or criminal penalties under 49 CFR 390.37 and 49 CFR 386 Appendices A and B.

Get caught and it is potentially criminal at worst, and will disqualify you from a medical card (and driving) potentially PERMANENTLY. And certainly get you terminated for lying on a DOT Medical Form.

Diagnosed OSA requires the issuance of a ONE YEAR MEDICAL CARD and COMPLIANCE.

We don't "guild the lily here", nor would ever EVER ADVISE SOMEONE TO LIE on a federal form, with criminal penalties attached.

That being said - DO WHAT YOU WANT. Unless you drop your weight way down below what is scrutinized as a BMI threshold, you are more than likely going to be required to take a sleep test at ANY company physical (especially ones that do training or hire recent grads). And you are going to have to use a CPAP and demonstrate compliance to gain/maintain compliance.

We've seen this enough here, to verify that it is not a RUMOR - nor is this "true and false". You can spin this whatever way you want, it's not going to CHANGE THE FACTS.

Rick

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

This Is true and false, I know many drivers that have sleep apnea and just don't tell anyone and still get 2 year cards.

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I would be trucking already, but I have sleep apnea and don't use a machine. I have one, but can't sleep with it. I'm trying to find a dr that will give me a 2 year card.

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As we discussed previously - you won't get a 2 year card with diagnosed OSA. And you won't be able to drive without being able to verify compliance with your CPAP.

As (also) discussed previously - if you put your mind to it and drop a bunch of weight, you may find many of your health issues just go away (possibly, including your OSA).

Rick

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

I would be trucking already, but I have sleep apnea and don't use a machine. I have one, but can't sleep with it. I'm trying to find a dr that will give me a 2 year card.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

Lol thanks.

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I work at a rest area and just wondering if truckers have any questions for rest area employees? I have a few about truckers, but I do not want to come off as offensive and may ask some later on. I am currently in the process of losing weight so I can pass my dot physical and hope to be trucking myself in a few years. I am 37 now. Is 40 too old to get started in this game?

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Lol... 40?? I'm pretty sure several on this site will refer to you as pup.. You've got a long way to go before your ready to sit at home.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

I'm not a trucker but I have a lot of family that is. Their advice given to me on a CDL physical, is like your hind end off lol. No should be the word of the day if you have a physical. My uncle has sleep apnea and doesn't use a machine and he still gets 2 year cards. Trust me, you ain't the only one doing it.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

I work at a rest area and just wondering if truckers have any questions for rest area employees? I have a few about truckers, but I do not want to come off as offensive and may ask some later on. I am currently in the process of losing weight so I can pass my dot physical and hope to be trucking myself in a few years. I am 37 now. Is 40 too old to get started in this game?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Sleep Apnea question

Good advice guys, thanks!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Sleep Apnea question

What if I tell them I don't and I lose a bunch of weight? I know a guy who drives for a major company and has it and didn't tell them about it and he still gets 2 year cards.

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Sleep Apnea question

Also, I forgot to mention that I work at a rest area and seeing these trucks go by every day and hearing the drivers talk about the money they make is why I'd like to get into trucking.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Sleep Apnea question

I have sleep apnea but am not currently treating it. I tried the machine but I just couldn't do it. Anyways, I know somewhere I can go get a physical and a 2 year card and then go to school. What companies would let me skate on the sleep apnea thing if I already have a 2 year card? I am also 400 lbs. I am going to try to lose 200 pounds in a year and then maybe it will go away or something?

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