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Robert S.'s Comment
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My name is Rob. I've been recently contacted by CR England and they have invited me to take the CDL training course they offer in Dallas TX. I'm very interested in doing this course and hopefully going over the road as a trucker. wOOp!!.

Only a couple of things really make me hesitant to do this. One is, I'm not quite sure what the DOT physical is and what would disqualify me for trucking. I'm curious to know what kind of things they are looking for in the DOT physical. I do not do drugs nor do I drink. I'm in somewhat of a shape, if you count round as a shape.

could anyone provide a bit of insight of what they are looking for int he DOT physical?

Thanks

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Eric P.'s Comment
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Need to have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. Vision correction devices such as glasses or contacts are allowed. Ability to distinguish color is necessary. Needs to be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet. Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted. An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted Blood sugar may not be higher than 200. Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly disallowed

Some companies once you're hired with them will also do a physical standards test. Normally making sure you can lift weighted boxes, Climb over and around the trailer/load and they'll also test you for sleep apnea

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.

Robert S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply. The only thing that concerns me is I haven't ever in my life been checked for diabetes. I had a DOT physical last year but it was the basic 'turn head and cough' type. no blood work of any kind or anything of that nature.

I'd love to get involved in truck driving but for some reason this one thing does scare me a bit. I'm working a very part time job now and I don't have the expendable funds to have myself checked for diabetes ahead of time at the moment.

I figure the CDL course once complete will start to pay off as soon as i'm licensed, but ...Well..it's just a nagging issue and something holding me back from going all the way to Dallas just to find out I can't take the course.

CR England wants me in the July 7th start date for the classes so time is of the essence here. Just confused what step to take next.

I probably need a guidance counselor more than a forum atm LOL. Sorry if I'm a bother here.

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.

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.

Eric P.'s Comment
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They don't test for diabetes. It's just saying that if you have it it can't be the insulin injector type. If it's controlled by medication it's ok.

Robert S.'s Comment
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Really? Thanks Eric. I think I will move forward with this then. I Don't believe i have diabetes but for some reason when I read that it can disqualify me, it started to worry me. It's a big step.

Thanks again Eric. I'm going to move forward with this then. i'm glad i signed up here.

Cheers

Brett Aquila's Comment
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They don't test for diabetes. It's just saying that if you have it it can't be the insulin injector type. If it's controlled by medication it's ok.

Actually they do. When they take a urine sample they'll check for diabetes and a few other things. I'm not even sure what they'll check for. It will likely depend on the company giving the physical and how thorough they'd like it to be.

Robert S.'s Comment
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I looked into getting tested for diabetes in my local area. just doing research on it. They say that to get a good and proper diabetes check, that you need to fast for 12 hours beforehand. When you take the DOT physical do they require you to fast first?

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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