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Dave S.'s Comment
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Just curious about the orientation physical is it the same as the DOT physical or would be it more or less thorough?? I know I have to get my blodd pressure under control although it was only slightly high but still high enough to have an issue passing a physical. I am also nearly deaf in my left ear but have been told the right ear compensates for the left ear and shouldn't have trouble driving a tractor trailer. I passed the force whisper test in both ears when I took my last DOT physical. Maybe I'm worrying more then I should but I really hate taking physicals plus at my age 43 I feel like that is another strike against me as most truckers get into the business in there 20's or 30's

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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Just curious about the orientation physical is it the same as the DOT physical or would be it more or less thorough??

What company are you interested in? We may have a member that can give you specific details about that company's physical.

...plus at my age 43 I feel like that is another strike against me as most truckers get into the business in there 20's or 30's

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of the American truck driver, as of 2014, is around 50 years old. So that means you are 7 years younger than the average driver. I'm not sure where you got the 20-30's number ftom...

Maybe I'm worrying more then I should...

Well that could be one of the reasons for your high blood pressure. Here's our link with Ways That Truck Drivers Can Lower Their Blood Pressure Before Their DOT Physicals:

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Dave S.'s Comment
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Im thinking about Werner since they have orientation in PA and are close to me but I have enquired with celadon and a few other places too my options are limited since I have no experience Schneider told me i take the physical before I go to orientation which makes sense cause why send someonre all the way to orientation and then send them back home If they cant pass a physical

Kevin H.'s Comment
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...Schneider told me i take the physical before I go to orientation which makes sense cause why send someonre all the way to orientation and then send them back home If they cant pass a physical

That's interesting. They made me an appointment to take a physical at their location on the first day of orientation. Maybe it has to do with whether or not you've already passed one? I don't know.

Dave S.'s Comment
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When I applied with them awhile back they told me they would send me to a doctor in my area to take my physical then send me to orientation so either she lied to me or maybe it depends on the area you live in. I do get the feeling that I'm being lied to about several things when I talk to a recruiter

Kevin H.'s Comment
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Well, I doubt they'd lie about that and i have no doubt that that's what they told you, I'm just wondering why it would be different for me. I had to go to do a drug test locally anyway, so I could have done another physical at the same time. Doesn't matter, I just had the same thought you did. If they want to give me another physical they should be doing it before I get there, if possible.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Well, I doubt they'd lie about that and i have no doubt that that's what they told you, I'm just wondering why it would be different for me. I had to go to do a drug test locally anyway, so I could have done another physical at the same time. Doesn't matter, I just had the same thought you did. If they want to give me another physical they should be doing it before I get there, if possible.

With Schneider I took DOT physical prior to orientation. You have to have it to get your license, which I had to get prior to hiring on with Schneider.

If Schneider is now doing CDL school, they probably have the DOT physical as part of the process.

For me, when I got to orientation they did an agility test which included checking my blood pressure. That's it.

After a year with them, I wasn't lied to. But consider recruiters as salespeople. They will tell you all the positives and downplay any negatives 'cause who wants to sign on with company A if they tell you you'll make $30k, get frustrated and start with a 300,000 mile truck when company B offers big money, lots of home time and the newest equipment?

So far, Schneider has been good for me. I'm sure other companies are also good and who knows if I'll stay with them forever?

First year pay $38,000 including bonus, 5 days home time per month and they gave me a brand new truck 10 months into the job. Good luck.

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.

Mr. T's Comment
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Do you drive dry van for Schneider or Tanker?

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Do you drive dry van for Schneider or Tanker?

I'm dry Van OTR. I just looked @ my year-end pay stub and it's $40,821 gross. I'm company driver and that amount is before taxes, health insurance and 401(k) deductions.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
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