Sleep Test Required If Already On CPAP?

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Kevin A. (Roguewar)'s Comment
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Greetings all. I have been contemplating a possible career change as I am facing the possibility of being laid off after 25 years in IT. Trucking has been an interest of mine since high school and sounds like something that I would enjoy doing at this point. I keep seeing posts of people being sent to have sleep studies done, and understand the need, but I already know that I have sleep apnea and have been on CPAP for the last 15 years. Will I still be sent to have another sleep study done at my expense or will they accept that I have already been diagnosed and just designate that I must remain compliant?

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Remain compliant and be able to prove this. The doctor that performs your DOT physical, and perhaps a company's safety department, will want to be able to see a download of results for from 30 to 90 days minimal compliance. No additional testing should be necessary.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Greetings all. I have been contemplating a possible career change as I am facing the possibility of being laid off after 25 years in IT. Trucking has been an interest of mine since high school and sounds like something that I would enjoy doing at this point. I keep seeing posts of people being sent to have sleep studies done, and understand the need, but I already know that I have sleep apnea and have been on CPAP for the last 15 years. Will I still be sent to have another sleep study done at my expense or will they accept that I have already been diagnosed and just designate that I must remain compliant?

They will ask you to provide documentation from your doctor and your 30 days on it before you arrive. My company would require a modem to be attached to your machine cause they monitor us from the road.

It may be possible that you need to buy a new machine to do this if yours won't allow it.

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.

Kevin A. (Roguewar)'s Comment
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That sounds reasonable. I just didn't want to have to pay for a study just to go through the motions when we already know what the outcome will be.

Kevin A. (Roguewar)'s Comment
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I figured that I would just add on to my story on this thread instead of starting a new one. I've been a daily reader of TT for the last 6 months and finally took the plunge. I applied to Prime last Monday and two days later I was already approved to attend orientation starting Nov. 28th. The High Road to Online training really made it pretty simple to get my CLP so I really appreciate this site for having all of the information in one place. I took my drug test today and am trying to start studying the pre-trip inspection by Daniel B. Not being mechanically inclined by nature, are their any tips on how to memorize all of the parts that need to be pointed out besides the pictures? Is it reasonable to start by memorizing the wording of what I am supposed to inspecting and then enhance that by matching it up with actual experience while on the pad since I don't have a truck to walk around now?

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Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Don't overload your brain too soon, wait til you're at the school, they will provide you things to use to study "Their Way" As well, as for all the parts of the truck and trailer to learn/know, to pass. Saw MANY, at my school, that had NO clue what parts were, even females, who finally "got it" and passed easily. My 1st co-driver/classmate, overloaded on info, using too many app's others told him to use. I spent 2-3 nights, up til 3-4 am trying to help him. Tried to get him to come here, to TT, to no avail. Anyway, it took him 4 tries to finally PASS at school, because he was bouncing around different app's. I was already out with my trainer 2+ weeks, so took longer, over a month, to connect and drive together

Myself, having been a mechanic 40+ years, starting out on big trucks/trailers,then automotive, knew what EVERY part was, and did what, so that part was a breeze for me lol.

Sandman J's Comment
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Not being mechanically inclined by nature, are their any tips on how to memorize all of the parts that need to be pointed out besides the pictures? Is it reasonable to start by memorizing the wording of what I am supposed to inspecting and then enhance that by matching it up with actual experience while on the pad since I don't have a truck to walk around now?

Kevin, don't worry about not being mechanically inclined. I'm not either and I'm confident in my Pre-trip. What helped me was memorizing what I could of Daniel B.'s guide before leaving for training, especially the In-Cab because that covers things like gauges and seatbelt and the like, and I left the stuff where I wanted to see what it looked like first for after I started training. I had never heard of a Pitman Arm and other parts, other than them being mentioned in threads here sometimes, so when I was able to see it, it started to make sense. I hope that makes sense and good luck!

Kevin A. (Roguewar)'s Comment
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Thanks, Stevo and Sandman. I appreciate the feedback. I'm so excited to finally get started. I thought about waiting until after the holidays to get started but my recruiter said that January usually had some of their largest class sizes because everyone wants to wait until after the holidays. I think starting on Nov. 28th should let me finish up orientation before Christmas weekend and then hopefully come home for the holiday weekend and get my paperwork to the dmv to upgrader my license and then hook up with my trainer after Christmas.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Nice profile pic

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