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Dan E.'s Comment
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I am so ready to start a new career in trucking and my only worry is my high blood pressure. I take medication for it of course but I am afraid if I put so much pressure on myself that medication won't be enough when I go for the physical. I will have to go the company sponsored CDL training route and if I fail I will lose everything. I am living paycheck to paycheck and would never recover financially if I would fail. Any thoughts or words of encouragement or support would be appreciated.

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.
Rob S.'s Comment
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"Never recover financially " That's pretty extreme. I don't want to get into your business but if you really believe that's true, you're already putting enormous pressure on yourself. As for the physical, you can get your own done. (The school might want you to take another though.) That way you'll know before school starts that you can pass the physical. Mine cost $75 and I did not take a second one for Swift Academy.

Dan E.'s Comment
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"Never recover financially " That's pretty extreme. I don't want to get into your business but if you really believe that's true, you're already putting enormous pressure on yourself. As for the physical, you can get your own done. (The school might want you to take another though.) That way you'll know before school starts that you can pass the physical. Mine cost $75 and I did not take a second one for Swift Academy.

brother I want to do this. I have driven vehicles with trailers underground in a coal mine. Not the same but equally as difficult I feel. I just don't want to lose my home because I have high blood pressure when I take my physical.

Dan E.'s Comment
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Rob I want to do what you do. At the same time I don't want to lose my home because of my blood pressure. It is a stressful situation for me. Thanks for your response

"Never recover financially " That's pretty extreme. I don't want to get into your business but if you really believe that's true, you're already putting enormous pressure on yourself. As for the physical, you can get your own done. (The school might want you to take another though.) That way you'll know before school starts that you can pass the physical. Mine cost $75 and I did not take a second one for Swift Academy.

Bravo Zulu's Comment
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My cousin's blood pressure is borderline. He always lays down when they take his for his DOT physical. He says it helps.

He could be full of crap, but he's been driving for 11 years and always passes!

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.

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