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G-Town's Comment
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If Swift requires you to take a sleep study, most every carrier that trains will do the same. It’s based on BMI and neck size over 17”.

Try to think of it this way...

Adequate rest is arguably the most important aspect of safe operation and is a job requirement. Although I admittedly have some bias in support of Swift, my suggestion is return to them ASAP and communicate progress with your original recruiter. Keep them informed and state your commitment to them if that’s your intent.

It’s honedtly rare not to experience at least one setback in this whole process. Good luck and try your best to stay positive.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Soggybiscuits's Comment
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Thanks Gtown. The doc measured my neck at 18 3/4. I’ll try and see if o can get it done and see if I can get back to them I really want this to work out so ilm gunna talk to my wife when I get home and see what we can do

Rob T.'s Comment
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Switching to another company isn't a long term solution. Eventually the DOT will require it from you. May as well get it done before you're on the road and stressing about making it home for an appt. I underwent a sleep study on my own and the at home test cost under $400 I believe. Insurance company is requiring me to rent the cpap for 10 months before purchasing to be sure I'm using it. Its costing me I believe $125 a month. I'm not sure what the cost to purchase it will be. I feel MUCH better. It took about a week to get accustomed to it but I feel alot more rested. You're required to use it 4 hours a night minimum for 21/30 days a month, which is 60%. You'll have to show that your compliant before your given a medical card for 1 year.

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Take a look at NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies). They have a home sleep study program I've heard about for the past several months on XM Radio Channel 146.

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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Take a look at NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies). They have a home sleep study program I've heard about for the past several months on XM Radio Channel 146.

Oh really?? Cool I’ll check that out. I’m so disappointed but you gotta do what you gott do I guess

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Rainy 's Comment
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There are plenty of billboards that advertise the in home for $200 to $400 and one of our members did it for Prime but got sent home for a failed drug test (whhhyyy go through all that and risk it i dont know!)

Prime made me do it and i passed and got a 2 year card. Then they made me do it again in 2 years, and they said I needed the machine and gave me a 1 year card.

At Prime the test was $500 and the machine is $600 depending on which you need i have an APAP which automatically adjusts. Maybe that will give you an idea of costs if you are able to shop around.

If that was your only hold back at Swift, i would indeed try to come up with the money and return. If you cant and really want to get into trucking, then perhaps finding a company that fronts the costs will work for a year then return to swift after your commitment is up.

Prime fronts the cost and takes weekly payments once you get your CDL.. i think $50 for machine and $25 for the test. Im sure they aren't the only ones who will front the money, so if all else fails, dont give up!

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Here's another one I hear advertised on The Dave Nemo Show: "apneamed.org"

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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I was doing some research and if the results come back that you have moderate to severe OSA they give u a CPAP machine and then you can just submit the reading to ensure you’re compliant. What if your test results don’t warrant a CPAP machine but maybe a mouth piece. Would that be acceptable to companies?

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.

Soggybiscuits's Comment
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There are plenty of billboards that advertise the in home for $200 to $400 and one of our members did it for Prime but got sent home for a failed drug test (whhhyyy go through all that and risk it i dont know!)

Prime made me do it and i passed and got a 2 year card. Then they made me do it again in 2 years, and they said I needed the machine and gave me a 1 year card.

At Prime the test was $500 and the machine is $600 depending on which you need i have an APAP which automatically adjusts. Maybe that will give you an idea of costs if you are able to shop around.

If that was your only hold back at Swift, i would indeed try to come up with the money and return. If you cant and really want to get into trucking, then perhaps finding a company that fronts the costs will work for a year then return to swift after your commitment is up.

Prime fronts the cost and takes weekly payments once you get your CDL.. i think $50 for machine and $25 for the test. Im sure they aren't the only ones who will front the money, so if all else fails, dont give up!

Thanks Rainy! I definitely am not giving up. My wife wants me to succeed and is very supportive and says we will do what we can to make this happen. Maybe I can go to Prime lol

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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If you dont have apnea they will just give you a med card after another DOT physical.

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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.

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