Due for a DOT physical soon? Whether this is your first time or you’re already a seasoned commercial vehicle driver, the entire process can still be a stressful one, especially when you test positive for a disqualifying medical condition. Failing a DOT physical means you may not be medically permitted to get back behind the wheel unless you prove that your condition is well controlled or you’re in good physical health.
While there’s no way you can totally avoid failing your DOT physical, there are things you can do to adequately prepare for it, help prevent false positive results, and do away with unnecessary hassles. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your DOT physical.
Tip #1 Stay away from caffeinated beverages and energy drinks at least 24 hours before your DOT physical.
These are stimulants and can therefore raise your blood pressure and affect the result of your physical.
Tip #2 Lessen your salt intake a week before your DOT physical.
It helps to lower your salt intake a week leading up to your DOT physical appointment. Just like caffeine, salt can raise your blood pressure.
Tip #3 Avoid big meals.
Eating a huge meal before your DOT physical may increase the amount of glucose in your urine and raise speculations of diabetes. Eat something light and healthy before your exam.
Tip #4 Relax.
There are some people who tend to experience the “white coat effect” when they go see a doctor. This is characterized by elevated blood pressure readings due to anxiety or stress. Breathe deeply, relax, and stay calm –these will help keep your heart rate steady.
Tip #5 Try to seek a second opinion.
Failing your DOT physically does not only affect your ability to drive but also your livelihood. So, if you feel that your result isn’t an accurate representation of your health, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion. You may also ask the medical examiner if there’s an option for you to make an appeal for your case—and if so, how you can go about it.
DOT Physicals in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX
At Texas Medical Institute, we offer first-rate, comprehensive healthcare services, including DOT physicals and pre-employment physicals, as part of our commitment to helping promote and ensure the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve.
To learn more about our healthcare services or to schedule a DOT physical appointment, call our friendly staff at (817) 615-8633. You may also use our convenient appointment request form, and our staff member will get in touch with you to confirm your visit.