Pre Trip Inspection & Physical

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  1. DaniMae

    DaniMae Bobtail Member

    Oct 28, 2021
    Santa Maria, CA
    Is the pre trip inspection testing required to get your permit? Does anyone know where I can get the physical DOT requirements? Thank you!
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Pre-trip inspection is not part of the CDL-Permit test.
    Cheapest place to get a DOT physical is at a CVS Pharmacy.
    @Moose1958 can give information on the DOT physical requirements.
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  4. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018

    Getting your permit doesn’t require you to know your pretrip. As for your physical you can go bypass the bs and find a local place where the migrants go, usually these places are dot physical mills.
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  5. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Medium Load Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    What the DOT Physical Covers
    1. Vision
    Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.

    2. Hearing
    Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.

    3. Blood pressure/pulse rate
    The medical examiner will check the driver's blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.

    4. Urinalysis
    A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.

    5. Physical Examination
    The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:

    • General appearance
    • Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
    • Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
    • Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
    • Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
    • Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
    • Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
    • Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
    • Genito-urinary (hernias)
    • Extremities (limb impaired)
    • Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
    • Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)
    A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.

    You will also fill out a Medical Examination Report (MER) Form MCSA-5875
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  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    The pre-trip is part of the road test AFTER you pass the written tests and get the permit. As the other question, I always give people the link to part 391 subpart E.
  7. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    The DOT physical is basically a pre-trip inspection on you! :)
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    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Yes, when you see a big sign outside that says " DOT Physicals $ 60" and a bunch of flip flop wearing, pot bellied guys walking out grinning from ear to found your place!
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  9. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    yup same place you find 2 sizes to small shirt wearing fat pigs with their but checks super truckers hanging out.
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