Questions About Dot Physical

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Heather C.'s Comment
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So I am wondering what options you have if you are over the bmi required by dot or company? Can you get your dot physical on your own and then pay for your own study and then go to training? What if you fail sleep study and have to use a cpap can you still go thru the training or are you automatically disqualified? This is something that has stopped me from continuing to follow thru with the application process

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Mary H.'s Comment
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It will not automatically disqualify you, but it will limit the number of companies willing to hire you. There are many drivers who use a cpap machine. You should be fine.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Patricia M.'s Comment
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Can anyone tell me what is involved in the dot physical? Is it really involved, or do they just check basic fitness? Thanks

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.

RepoRider's Comment
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Can anyone tell me what is involved in the dot physical? Is it really involved, or do they just check basic fitness? Thanks

I just took mine 2 weeks ago... Basic range of movement, vision, hearing, colorblind tests.

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.

Kemo's Comment
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They took my pee :( lol Basically like any other physical you might get. Height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, listening to lungs, asking some basic questions. I couldn't BELIEVE it last time (since apparently regulations have changed) they asked me what birth control I was on........like...how is this relevant in any way to me driving a truck............do you ask the boys this too?

NANCE's Comment
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to me it was just like any other physical

Can anyone tell me what is involved in the dot physical? Is it really involved, or do they just check basic fitness? Thanks

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.

Seminole Wind's Comment
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When going in for your physical take the readout or results your Dr. has on your SD card in the CPAP machine. That'll save you a lot of time & backtracking. Also have the DOT physician note that you are under a Dr's care for the sleep apnea.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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