The life of an average truck driver is mostly spent on the road accompanied by fast foods, energy drinks and inconsistent physical activities. The most probable health consequence of living such a lifestyle is hypertension or otherwise known as high blood pressure. Not to scare whoever is pursuing a career in commercial truck driving but according to DOT and FMCSA, the qualifying limit for a CDL approval is a high blood pressure reading of 140/90 and below. Drivers who have high blood pressure that reads beyond 140/90 risk being disqualified from attaining a CDL. Fortunately, there are various loopholes that CDL drivers can use to their advantage. Ultimately, CDL drivers have to get their blood pressure in check to avoid disqualification.
In giving out CDL certificates, there are 3 levels of hypertension that are considered for approval.
The good news is that it is possible to reduce your blood pressure significantly before the next DOT physical. However, don’t forget to control your blood pressure on the long-term basis for the sake of your health.
The following tips are likely to keep up your blood pressure in check at a healthy level if followed to the letter.