Physical For Cdl Training School

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machineman's Comment
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Hey everybody, im new here and have been training on the high road training program for sometime. Im doing well. There is a lot of info to absorb for a class A cdl. My situation is this....ive been taking prednisone and it has caused weight gain to 320 lbs. Im hoping this doesnt ruin my chances for acquiring my cdl through schooling. Im going to try to get off this medication i know that and working out will help, but im concerned am i wasting my time? I have high blood pressure that is being treated with meds. I believe i can be in range for the 1 year med card. What does physical entail? All i think about is this new career. I want more than anything to get out there and do my part. Should i continue? Or is it wasted effort because of physical. Can someone tell me what this entails? Thanks


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.
Steve C.'s Comment
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Hey - There are a few links on the site that I think could help you out.

Here is the main page about the DOT Physical: DOT Physical Exam

And here is a page about blood pressure specifically: Blood Pressure Requirements For The DOT Physical

To try to answer your question more specifically: I also had hypertension when I was driving and was being treated with hctz. I was able to get certified no problem.

That said, in your situation - I would try to find a local doctor who does DOT physicals and go get yours done BEFORE you shell out money for school or take the bus to a company sponsored school, just in case you have trouble passing. You'll still need to take a physical at your first job, but the peace of mind knowing you can pass should be worth it IMO.


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.


Abnormally high blood pressure.


Operating While Intoxicated

machineman's Comment
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Thanks a lot i just dont want anything to screw this up for me. Appreciate the info!

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