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Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.'s Comment
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I have read over the years that one cannot have high blood pressure to drive in trucking. If one is under a doctors care and has it under control with meds, does that work? Or are you still ruled out? Thanks.

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Wes B.'s Comment
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It depends on how high your BP is. If you fall in a certain ranges they will issue you a medical card but require you to renew it more often. •140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate •160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion •Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.'s Comment
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Still in the dark here. Are these maximums when under care of a physcian (taking prescribed meds)?

Also, I a totally new to trucking and am a recent retiree from State of TX (20+ yrs). Am thinking of applying with Schneider National. I am wondering if I wish to become a Regional driver and stay around home is that a goal one can obtain right off the bat? Or is there a waiting period a new driver has to go through(do some otr driving)?

Thank you.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Dave, as long as your meds are keeping it under control you're good to go. I've seen people even up their dosage a few days before their physical just to make sure it's all good when their checked.

Regional jobs usually require some experience, but with Schneider having so many divisions you may get lucky and slip right in. They will let you move to another division once you've proven yourself though. So I think a big company like that is where you want to start at if regional is your goal.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Wes B.'s Comment
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Those numbers are for either case. You will have to get a DOT physical before you can get a CDL permit. The physician who does your DOT physical has to follow 49 CFR 391.43(f) regarding BP. I don't believe exemptions are possible.

As for the job. That is a good question for your Schneider recruiter. I would try to get it documented before you go to orientation if he promises a regional job. I would also suggest you try other companies in your job search. Nothing against Schneider but you would have more opportunities to find the right job for your area and situation.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Dave S., welcome aboard!

Just to make sure we're clear on this, you can drive a truck while on blood pressure medication if the medication is approved for commercial driving. What that means is it can't cause any drowsiness or cloud the mind. If by chance you are on medications that would not be approved, it's usually easy to have your doctor switch you over to one that is acceptable. Any doctor who gives DOT physicals can tell you with a quick phone call whether or not the medication you're on will work. But lots and lots of drivers are on blood pressure medication so it's normally not a concern.

As far as finding regional work, a lot of companies require a little experience to qualify for those positions - maybe 6 to 12 months - but not all. There are a number of companies that can get you home on weekends straight out of school. You have to do a little hunting around to find which ones have those opportunities. I know off the top of my head that TMC and Maverick both have that option for students straight out of school. I've heard Schneider does in some circumstances, and so do companies like Swift and US Xpress.

If you're looking to go regional, I would focus on dry van and flatbed companies. They tend to have the most regionalized freight where refrigerated companies tend to do a lot more coast to coast hauls and they don't normally have opportunities to get home every weekend.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.'s Comment
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Thank you for the replies. Especially Brett (also i am enjoying your book). This has been extremely helpful. I will forge ahead with my exploration of working as a truck driver. Thanks again to all.

Hoodro Starr's Comment
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Hey a table spoon of Apple cider vinegar a day helps keep b/p down .team that with oderless garlic tabs and watch your sodium intake really really helps .

Randall H's Comment
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Hey a table spoon of Apple cider vinegar a day helps keep b/p down .team that with oderless garlic tabs and watch your sodium intake really really helps .

Now that's good info! Thanks!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Hey a table spoon of Apple cider vinegar a day helps keep b/p down .team that with oderless garlic tabs and watch your sodium intake really really helps .

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Now that's good info! Thanks!

And info that could easily kill you. Your blood pressure is high for a reason and using the above suggest will only hide the symptoms but not take care of the underlying issue that is causing the high BP in the first place.

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