January 30th, 2015 | Phoenix Truck Driving Institute

After you complete truck-driving school and before you start working as a driver, you have to pass your CDL exam. On top of testing your knowledge of driving skills, you also have to pass some medical and physical exams to get your commercial license. Use this guide to learn more about the medical and physical requirements of the CDL process so you are ready to get your license and start working as soon as you graduate:

Medical Requirements

The Department of Transportation implements some medical requirements to ensure that drivers do not have any conditions that could keep them from driving safely. These requirements state that a driver must have 20/40 correctable vision in both eyes. Drivers cannot have the kind of diabetes that requires regular insulin injections. Diabetics who can control the condition with their diet should not have a problem getting a license, though. If his or her blood pressure is above 180/110, a driver will not be qualified for his or her CDL. Drivers must have blood sugar levels below 200, must not do drugs, and must not have any heart problems.

Physical Requirements

Certain physical conditions can also prevent someone from obtaining their CDL. During a CDL physical exam, doctors look for conditions like sleep apnea. Evidence of a recent back injury could also keep someone from getting his or her CDL. If you recently had major surgery, you might need to wait until you are fully healed to get your license. If you currently have a hernia, that might also keep you from getting your CDL.

If you choose Phoenix Truck Driving Institute as your truck-driving school, we will tell you everything you need to know about obtaining your CDL. We are a nationally recognized institute that offers driver training to anyone interested in taking control of their career. To learn more about our programs, visit us online or call (877) 205-5372.