D.O.T. physical is a joke!!!!

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by rbrtwbstr, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    I had to renew my medical card recently. I always used my family doctor for this, as my employer sends us there anyways.

    So I called them up, and they informed me they no longer do the DOT physicals. Something about the certification that they have to do was too much of a pain for them to bother.

    Living in a rural area, without anyplace like Worknet or Carenet within an hour's drive, I ask them where I can go. They referred me to a Chiropractor.

    My health is great, so I didn't have anything to worry about. I make the appointment, and I go to this guy. The hearing test was a complete joke. He stood behind me and whispered in my ear, and had me repeat it back to him. I doubt that was what FMCSA had in mind for the hearing test. The vision portion was just as bad. No eye charts of any kind. Just a picture on the wall that had writing on it. My vision isn't good, and i wear contacts or glasses. It just happened I had glasses that day, and even without them I could read the #### sign clear as day.

    Did the urine test, and I'm always flagged for protein. Not with this guy! Even though I could see the test results, and I clearly should have been flagged for it. But nope!

    He did check my BP, which was 120/73. Had me lay on a table and poked around my stomach a bit, and asked if it hurt anywhere. Then he says "OK, you're good for two more years" and fills out the long form.

    Now, for the gooberment supposedly cracking down on driver health, this was a frickin joke. A CHIROPRACTOR for a DOT physical???

    Then we wonder why truck drivers are unhealthy and having heart attacks .
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  3. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Well,if they did more stringent physicals,there wouldn't be any drivers.

    Your not going to get athletes to drive trucks otr.....and they know this.
  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Sounds like Canada:

    -Blood pressure test
    -Eye chart
    -Check peripheral vision
    -Checked weight

    Its a cash grab up here.
  5. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    Well, one doesn't have to be an athlete to be healthy. I'm certainly not an athlete by any means lol. And thinning the herd of the most unhealthy drivers might not be so bad. The line at the buffet wouldn't be so long.

    The FMCSA goobers claim to be all about safety. How safe is it when a medical exam to see if a person is healthy to drive is a complete joke and nothing really gets checked?
    Trucker61016 Thanks this.
  6. ACO476

    ACO476 Light Load Member

    Jan 16, 2016
    If you think that's bad, I drive for a government entity. Class A, interstate, no DOT physical required. Not overweight or unhealthy here though...
  7. lilillill

    lilillill Sarcasm... it's not just for breakfast

    Nov 7, 2007
    Possum Booger, Alabama
    Nothing beats the DOT I had about 12 years ago... a little backwoods doctor's office where they left me alone in a room that was chock full of every drug known to mankind. All in little wooden bins lining the walls. I could have walked out of there with a lifetime supply of anything I wanted.
  8. LDLWells

    LDLWells Heavy Load Member

    Jan 14, 2019

    I did ran three miles in 17 minutes yesterday. Speak for yourself
  9. Broke_and_Hungry

    Broke_and_Hungry Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Many moons ago, you had to run in place to pass the physical.
  10. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Chiropractor? I thought you needed some medical training to do a physical.
  11. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    They have these quacks at truck stops. One charged me 80 and flunked me on the eye and ear test. I told him I would get it corrected and come back. He said it would be another 80. I went to a real doctor and passed the eye test. Went to an ear lab in the same building and took the audio metric test (which 3 people gave me in the doctor's office and failed me) and passed with no problem. This entire thing is a joke. Whispering in your ear from 6 feet away. What does this have to do with driving a semi? 99% of what you react to is visual.
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