Who Needs a DOT Physical?
You are required to have a DOT physical if you:
- Drive a vehicle that carries more than 15 people
- Transport hazardous materials
- Are paid to drive a vehicle that carries more than 8 people
- Drive a vehicle on the interstate with a gross combination of weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
MedOne Urgent Care St. Augustine has certified medical professionals available to perform DOT physicals by appointment or walk-in.
What to Expect in a DOT Physical?
The DOT medical exam includes a complete physical that covers the following:
- Physical Health: A general assessment will be performed that includes checking your general appearance, heart, lungs & chest, eyes, mouth, skin, reflexes, and potential hernias. A urinalysis will also be performed to look for underlying conditions such as diabetes.
- Vision: Drivers are required to have 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses and a field of vision of 70 degrees or more in each eye. You also must be able to distinguish between red, green, and amber.
- Hearing: You must be able to detect a “forced whisper” in your best ear at 5ft or less without a hearing aid.
- Blood Pressure: Normal blood pressure is anything below 120/80. If your blood pressure is higher than this range you may be asked to take actions to lower it and to have more frequent physical examinations.
- Questions About Your Medical History: You will be asked detailed questions about your medical history including past surgeries, current prescription medications, current and past health problems and the use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. You are obligated to provide complete and accurate information for your safety and others.
What to Bring to a DOT Physical?
To ensure that your exam is conducted as quickly and accurately as possible, you can prepare by bringing the following:
- A list of your doctors’ names and addresses
- A list of prescription medications that you currently take
- Medical records from any specialists that you see
- Glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aids
- A record of your blood sugar readings if you have diabetes
- Results of recent heart tests
- DOT Physical Medical Examination Forms which can be downloaded from com
What Else Can I Do to Prepare?
High blood pressure can be a main indicator of serious chronic health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Before your physical, take actions to avoid caffeinated beverages and foods with high amounts of salt and sodium. These products can increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure and could flag an area of concern by your medical examiner. It’s also important to get a good night’s sleep the night before and allow yourself plenty of time to get to your exam to avoid anxiety and stress.
Visit MedOne Urgent Care for Your DOT Physical
At MedOne Urgent Care St. Augustine, we understand how difficult it can be to find the time for your DOT physical. That’s why we offer walk-in exams by certified healthcare professionals who are experienced in performing these exams and will get you out the door and back to work as quickly as possible. We are open 9 AM – 6 PM weekdays and 9 AM – 5 PM on weekends.