The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers of commercial vehicles to pass a DOT physical exam every two years. If you have potentially worrisome health issues – such as high blood pressure – you may be required to have an exam more frequently.
The DOT exam is comprehensive, designed to ensure that you are fit to safely drive a commercial vehicle. The exam includes an assessment of both your physical health and medical history. In addition, you will need to provide the physician with a list of current medication taken, which will be evaluated as well.
Only qualified medical professionals with specialized certification are licensed to perform DOT physicals. The physicians at Warner Plaza Urgent Care in Woodland Hills, California. have undergone the certification and routinely provide DOT exams for residents of the West San Fernando Valley.
The team at Warner Plaza Urgent Care has conducted countless DOT physicals and have put together the following tips to help ease your stress and prepare for the exam.
Know the facts
There are many rules and regulations used to evaluate your mental and physical ability to drive a commercial vehicle. Learning these in advance, can ease stress and ensure you properly prepare. Your employer can provide information regarding DOT health requirements. The information is also available online through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Have a pre DOT tune-up
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or other medical conditions, schedule an appointment with your treating physician to make sure that these issues are well managed before submitting to your DOT exam.
Prepare and pack your paperwork
The DOT requires documentation that you’re under the care of a healthcare professional for any medical condition which could interfere with your ability to drive. If you have a history of heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, for instance, you’ll need a letter from your cardiologist stating your condition does not prevent you from driving a commercial vehicle.
You can offset delays in completing the DOT exam by bringing this information with you at the time of your exam. And don’t forget to put together an accurate list of your current medications and health history for your DOT file.
Rest up and drink lots of fluids
The stress related to preparing for your DOT physical and worry over the results can work against you, especially when it comes to your blood pressure. Try to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of fluids for several weeks before your DOT physical. It’s a good idea to practice these healthy habits all the time, but they’re especially beneficial when you’re facing a DOT exam.
The physicians at Warner Plaza Urgent Care look forward to conducting your DOT exam. Call the office today to book your appointment, or use the online scheduling feature.