Averitt Physical HELP

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David D.'s Comment
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I really need to know what Averitt requires during their physical exams. I know you lift crates with weights, but that's all I know. Do you have to do any climbing or stepping? I'm a bigger guy so I am looking for any advice or first hand account of people going through their physical/agility stuff. I also know to expect the sleep apnea test and possibility of being given a machine. What requirements come with that? Any and all help and first hand accounts are greatly appreciated!

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.

MindFreak's Comment
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David, Averitt is my company's primary carrier...when I get back to work on Monday I will ask one of their drivers what it consists of and get back to you on it.

David D.'s Comment
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David, Averitt is my company's primary carrier...when I get back to work on Monday I will ask one of their drivers what it consists of and get back to you on it.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!

Susan D. 's Comment
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It depends on the division you plan to drive for. My codriver was a flatbed trainer for them. Pretty standard DOT physical, but if going flatbed, you also have to lift and hold a 120 lb. tarp above your head for 10 seconds and demonstrate that you can throw a rolled up chain over a load and secure it. Im sure a current driver could offer more details.

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.

David D.'s Comment
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It depends on the division you plan to drive for. My codriver was a flatbed trainer for them. Pretty standard DOT physical, but if going flatbed, you also have to lift and hold a 120 lb. tarp above your head for 10 seconds and demonstrate that you can throw a rolled up chain over a load and secure it. Im sure a current driver could offer more details.

Thanks!! What if you're not doing flat bed? Do you still have to pass the physical flat bed tests? I'd love any current drivers to give me some info. Any info you can give me on that is also appreciated!

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I went through Swift's Academy in Phoenix in April. I run Dry Van. The heaviest thing they had us lift was a pencil. No physical agility tests at all. I hope that helps!

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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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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At averitt you only do the flatbed tests if you are attemting to get a flatbed position.

It should be just a basic physical.

Tractor Man's Comment
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David, As you stated, you are a "Bigger Guy". Your 3 main concerns during your DOT Physical should be BMI/ Sleep Apnea testing, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar. It may be in your best interest to see your Personal Physician prior to a DOT Physical. If any of the above present an issue, you can resolve them prior to the DOT Physical. Any of those issues on a DOT Physical can SLOW DOWN the entire process. Best to do a "preemptive strike" so to speak. Good Luck!

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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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MindFreak's Comment
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Sorry I haven't gotten back to you David. They have had me on a special assignment this week so I haven't been able to get with the Averitt guys and talk to them. I should be back in my normal spot next week.

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