Tips for Preparing for a DOT CDL Physical Exam

Contributed by Dr. Rizaldy Ortiz

It’s time for your DOT physical exam again, and before you head off and get it done, there are a few things you can do in advance to make the process go smoother. Passing this physical means you’ll be given a driver’s clean bill of health, and more importantly can continue to work from your truck for a living.

So in order to perform your best at your mandatory DOT physical, here are a few tips to help you get things off on the right foot.

1. Avoid coffee and energy drinks 24 hours before your DOT physical: The caffeine in these drinks can raise your blood pressure and make it more likely that you’ll be restricted or disqualified.

2. Cut back on salt the week before your DOT physical: Like caffeine, salt can raise your blood pressure.

3. Come to the exam prepared: This means coming with a list of your medications, your medical paperwork, your eyeglasses, and with a full bladder. Allow yourself time so you don’t have to rush. And if you are prescribed medications for any medicals conditions, make sure that you’ve taken them before your physical exam.

4. Avoid big meals: A huge buffet breakfast before your DOT exam can increase the sugar in your urine and raise diabetes warning signs. Eat something light and healthy before your exam.

5. Don’t get “White Coat Syndrome”: For some people, being in a doctor’s office is a stressor that can raise blood pressure. Focus on deep breathing if doctors make you nervous.

Dr. Ortiz is a chiropractic physician and a certified medical examiner who provides ethical, fair and friendly DOT CDL physical exams and chiropractic in the Matsu-Valley.   

Please call Altair Chiropractic at 907-357-1818 to make an appointment.