She Failed Her DOT Physical Exam

Yes, it does happen. Occasionally we get a driver who is unable to pass the DOT required physical exam.

I recently had a woman driver come in for her DOT medical card and she failed her examination with flying colors.

  • Her blood pressure was 190 over 120.  Yet she had no symptoms of high blood pressure, just a long-standing headache. More on how high blood pressure affects your DOT medical card.
  • She was taking a prescription medication that made her drowsy while she drove and if she began to feel ill she had about 30 seconds to get the truck stopped before she basically passed out.

I had to fail her on her DOT medical examination.

Fortunately she wasn’t too surprised when I failed her. She had half expected it because she knew she was having problems with her medications. It’s amazing what she was going through, and still trying to keep on driving, and ignoring the possible consequences of her behavior which was a danger to herself and others.

How do you feel driving next to this driver while you’re busy trying to earn a living?

I figure if I have to drive next to you on the highways of America, I want you to be as safe and as healthy as possible, for you and for me.

Thanks drivers.
Travel Safely

Dr. Kenn

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  1. Trucker Doc

     /  February 2, 2015

    Properly used prescriptions and a medical release form completed by your prescribing doctor are all you need.

  2. Nicky

     /  January 24, 2015

    I currently am on xanax which is prescribed to me by my doctor,for anxiety experience at night time.. I do not take it in the mornings,or afternoons,and I am fine throughout the day without it..I drive a school bus,and my anxiety is non existent while I drive my a.m run and p.m run…My attention and alertness is not affected,being as how I was on this medication for over five years,only taking it on a needed basis..Usually it was not ever needed….I noticed about a year ago my nightly anxiety creeped back,so I alerted my doctor,who,knowing my medical history and job description,prescribed me xanax,to be taken in the evenings,as needed…I worry that I will fail any physical I need,whether my anual school bus physical or my DOT physical…I asked my doctor to write up something stating this medication does not affect my judgement,my thinking process,or my ability to concentrate..Which is doesn’t.I take 1mg at night time,If I take it at all… I still worry that,in light of these facts,a medical examiner will disqualify me,even though my employer knows of this medication,and knows that I am a safe driver..My doctor sees that this does not affect my ability to operate a CMV,but I worry that I’ll be without a career for a medical reason,which does not affect my duties. I can’t find a clear answer anywhere..A manager at work said,if they don’t ask about my medications,don’t tell them….The same manager also said as long as I am prescribed a medication legally,I have nothing to worry about…So this assistant transportation manager/dispatcher,tells me two different things…I wish I had a solid answer,one of relief…The last thing I want to do is be out a job,and end up working a job that isn’t flexible,and one I hate…Bus driving is a job I love…I just happen to be on an anti anxiety med,which I only take in the evenings,not on duty,and which has no ill affects on my judgment…Can someone give me advice…I love my job,and want to keep it.

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