DOT Driver Wellness

SKU: C-1089Duration: 20 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 20 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: 49 CFR Parts 392, 393, 396

Languages: English

The U.S. DOT requires interstate CMV drivers with less than one year of experience and a required CDL to receive training on four topics, one of which is Driver Wellness. Driving a large truck in traffic with a tight schedule is a stressful job, which is why it is critical for these drivers to take care of themselves mentally and physically. This course discusses ways that CMV drivers can pursue and maintain wellness in order to pass the DOT physical exam, stay safe on the job, and live a long healthy life. It discusses the importance of sleep, key measures of health (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight), alcohol and drug use, and stress management.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify who is subject to the U.S. DOT Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements
  • Define "wellness"
  • Identify activities that can improve your general wellness
  • Identify signs of fatigue for which you should pull over if you are driving
  • Describe the meanings of blood pressure readings and blood cholesterol test results
  • Describe how your body weight can affect your health
  • Discuss how the use of illegal drugs or misuse of alcohol can impact driver safety
  • Describe the negative effects of excessive stress and methods of managing and reducing stress

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What makes a truck driver's job particularly stressful?
Trucks are significantly larger than other vehicles, cargo must be picked up and delivered on time, and some drivers are away from home for extended periods of time.

Are commercial truck drivers less "healthy" than other people?
In the U.S., the "average CMV driver" is male, over 40, overweight, doesn't exercise regularly, has poor eating habits, and is three times more likely to smoke than the average citizen.

Are commercial truck drivers at an increased risk for any dangerous medical conditions?
They are at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, several cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and anxiety and depression.

How are cholesterol levels related to health and wellness?
LDL cholesterol raises and HDL cholesterol lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Will I be tested for illegal drug or alcohol use during my DOT physical?
No, but the medical examiner will look for medical issues that can be caused by illegal drug use or alcohol abuse.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Most adults need between 7 and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. If you don't get enough sleep, it can cause fatigue and other negative effects. Even as little as 2 hours of sleep loss can affect your judgement, reaction time, coordination, and attitude or mood, all of which can affect driving safety. Signs of fatigue include: •Your have difficulty concentrating or your eyes lose focus •Drowsiness or frequent yawning •You experience "highway hypnosis" or miss your exit •You find yourself weaving or drifting across lanes

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