Company Physical

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Dave S.'s Comment
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Ok I have to retake my DOT physical and then hopefully If I pass that try and get a trucking job which means another physical I hate taking physicals and find them stressful because failing it means you cant make a living my question is when you take a company physical is it a one time thing or is it every year or two like a DOT physical also in my case where I need to retake my DOT exam why would a company send me for another one when I just recently passed the DOT exam?? Is the company exam easier or harder then the DOT exam

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Ok I have to retake my DOT physical and then hopefully If I pass that try and get a trucking job which means another physical I hate taking physicals and find them stressful because failing it means you cant make a living my question is when you take a company physical is it a one time thing or is it every year or two like a DOT physical also in my case where I need to retake my DOT exam why would a company send me for another one when I just recently passed the DOT exam?? Is the company exam easier or harder then the DOT exam

You will still need a physical every time it is time to renew your card. From my understanding the longest a card can be issued is 2 years so plan on a physical renew at least every 2 years.

A company will issue a physical by there Doctor. I haven't taken but one for getting my CDL but I assume there's may be slightly different to meet there requirements.

I know when I get to orientation not only must we take a new DOT physical we must also pass an agility test. Fail either ...... No job offer. Fail either they send you home to work on what you failed and then let you come back and try again.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dave S.'s Comment
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An agility test I never heard of that so now I have something else to worry about I heard Schneider sends you to a doctor before you go to orientation so then you already know before you go to orientaton that you pass the physical so maybe i will call them I hate to go all the way out to PA or elsewhere then fail a physical and have to come back home

Tyler Durden's Comment
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An agility test I never heard of that so now I have something else to worry about I heard Schneider sends you to a doctor before you go to orientation so then you already know before you go to orientaton that you pass the physical so maybe i will call them I hate to go all the way out to PA or elsewhere then fail a physical and have to come back home

I have similar concerns. I am in PA and will be going to Arkansas for orientation. Long bus ride to worry if I don't pass physical or agility test to only be told sorry go home. I also have BP issues and take medication for it. But he second they start checking it I know it goes up. Plus I believe in the agility test you have to perform certain tasks and exercises and not elevate your heart rate past a certain rate.

Scott O.'s Comment
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So you need a med card to get your cdl and the only way to get one is by passing a physical and drug test... The government requires that every time you start working for a company is to pass a physical and drug test...

Only way around that is to go to a company sponsored program and get your cdl and job... One physical and done

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dave S.'s Comment
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But I alreasy have my CDL I just need a job plus I have to renew my medical so now I am stressing even more I am in decent shape I went to the gym 4or 5 days a week up until about 4 months ago and did quite a bit of cardio but I did notice my heartrate sometimes gets high but I have no problem exercising but I worry my heartrate could spike during these activities plus I have balance issues due to a surgery when I was younger so walking a beam could be an issue too I dont understand how they expect you to dtive a truck for 11 hours a day and yet have such strict guidelines for fitness how can you dtive so many hours and still find time to workout and stay fit I see some truck drivers that are huge and look very outts shape so how the hell do they pass all these tests

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Scott O.'s Comment
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The agility test with most companies consists of climbing in and out of the trailer bending over and walking under the trailer and climbing in and out of the tractor... (That's for refer and dry van) as for flatbed companies the test is more physical...

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Dave S.'s Comment
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Is this agility test a requirement everytime you take a physical or is it just a one time thing? I am 43 years old and was hoping I could still drive tractor trailers into my mid 60's but I also wonder with all these requirements If I would be able to pass a physical at that age I'm even worried about passing it now

Tim F.'s Comment
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Dave...slow down and take a breath. Wow. They are not asking you to do a 4 minute mile. They just want to be sure you are able to do the basic motions throughout the work day. Your really freaking out about nothing. Balance could be an issue if you plan to be a flatbed driver...but otherwise it's pretty much what Scott O said above. Good luck!!

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Yeah from what I have read the agility tests are things like balance, lifting tarps and or certain amount of weights, being able to climb up and down from a trailer and or tractor, being able to crawl under a trailer. Normal things.

Where I am heading though I think we also need to get on a stepper machine and do it for like 3 minutes.

Every place is different. Once you pass the agility test I have not seen where you must do it again.

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