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How to Prepare for a DOT Physical

Commercial drivers will require a DOT Physical in order to renew their license and continue their career. Thankfully, urgent care centers and nearby walk-in clinics can help drivers get DOT physicals on the same day as their visit. But what drivers should also know is that they’ll want to prepare for their physical before they go into their appointment.

Most drivers will know for sure whether or not they are healthy enough to safely operate a truck or large commercial vehicle. However, a truck driver going into his exam will want to make sure that any food or beverages that they eat won’t skew the results of their test.

So what should commercial drivers do to prepare for their sport and camp physicals?

Limit caffeine and salt intake before your exam

A large part of any DOT physical is measuring chronic health indicators including blood pressure and cholesterol level. To ensure your test result is accurate try to limit caffeine and salt before your exam.

Eating foods heavy in sodium or added salt may increase your blood pressure and inflate the results of your blood pressure screening. Additionally, caffeine can do the same so you’ll want to forgo that second cup of coffee in the morning.

Go into your DOT physical with updated health information

Be prepared for your exam by coming in with medication lists, allergies, and other important health information.

Without certain information, a doctor could flag you for inadquete health in certain categories including vision, hearing, and medication adherence. DOT requirements allow drivers to still drive if they have the appropriate health and medication aid to perform tasks. For example, a driver can still drive a commercial vehicle if they require corrected vision through contact lenses or glasses.

If possible, bring a list of prescriptions, recent healthcare events, and similar information to provide a through exam.

Avoid big meals and try to relax before a DOT exam

Try to also limit your intake on certain foods before your DOT physical to control other chronic health measures including cholesterol. Simple meals with plenty of vegetables and some fruits are the best way to prepare for your exam.

Additionally, stress can also raise your blood pressure and negatively skew the results of your exam. Try to relax with meditation, deep breathing, and even take a day off before your exam. Getting a DOT physical and passing is simple if you just follow these preparation steps!