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How to Ace Your DOT Physical Exam

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If you’re a commercial driver, then you know that you’re required to have a DOT physical exam every two years. But what many drivers don’t know is that there are ways to prepare for the exam and make sure that you ace it. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for preparing for your DOT physical and making sure that you pass with flying colors. Stay safe out there on the roads!

Drivers required to obtain a DOT physical must be examined by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The FMCSA has specific guidelines that these medical examiners must follow during the examination to ensure the safety of commercial drivers.

What to Expect During Your Exam

The medical examiner will review your medical history and will perform a physical examination. They will check your blood pressure, vision, and hearing. They may also test your urine for evidence of diabetes or other conditions. You may also be asked to complete a survey about your health and lifestyle habits.

You will need to provide the medical examiner with a list of all the medications you are currently taking. Be sure to include over-the-counter medications and supplements as well as prescriptions. The medical examiner will use this information to determine if any of your medications will impact your ability to operate a commercial vehicle safely.

Be Prepared

To ensure that you pass your DOT physical, you should start preparing for your exam well in advance. If you have any chronic health conditions, work with your primary care provider to get them under control before your exam. This may require making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet or getting more exercise.

Make sure you get plenty of rest before your exam and avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours beforehand. Eating a light meal before your exam can also help keep your blood sugar levels stable during the exam.

What Happens if You Fail?

If you fail your DOT physical, don’t despair. The medical examiner will give you a paper explaining why you did not pass and what you need to do to correct the problem. In most cases, it is simply a matter of getting a condition under control or correcting a minor issue such as an ear infection. However, if you have a more serious condition that prevents you from passing, you may need to find another career path that does not require a DOT physical.

DOT physicals are an important part of keeping commercial drivers safe on the road. If you’re a commercial driver, it’s important to make sure that you’re aware of the guidelines for DOT physical exams and that you prepare accordingly. In this article, we’ve provided some tips on how to best prepare for your exam so that you can feel confident and safe when you go in for your appointment. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about the exam process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help!