A DOT physical is a routine checkup that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all commercial drivers to take every two years. It assesses your physical and neurological health, ensuring you’re capable of operating a commercial vehicle.
Driving a semi-truck, bus, or tanker is physically demanding and emotionally stressful. The demanding schedule and long hours behind the wheel increase the risk of certain issues. Regular DOT physicals keep you healthy, allowing you to do your job safely.
DOT physicals are required by law for all drivers who:
Once you complete a DOT physical, you receive a certificate that’s good for two years. If you have an underlying medical issue like obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, annual checkups might be necessary.
At All Health Medical Group, a DOT physical begins with a review of your medical history. Your provider asks about the medications you take, the type of food you eat, how often you exercise, and if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Next, they conduct a physical exam, assessing your hearing, vision, and blood pressure. They also order laboratory tests, including urinalysis and blood work to test for illicit substances or issues like high cholesterol or a hormonal imbalance.
If all of your results come back normal, your provider signs off on a certificate that you submit to your employer. If your provider uncovers any issues, like high blood pressure or prediabetes, they make recommendations for treatment and monitor your progress over time.
Make sure to bring the following items to your DOT physical:
In addition, let your All Health Medical Group provider know if you have an underlying medical issue like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease.
If it’s time to renew your commercial driver’s license, don’t wait to book a DOT physical at All Health Medical Group. Click the online scheduling tool today or call the office.