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Dot Exam

Edinger Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Santa Ana, CA

If your job involves operating a commercial vehicle like a bus or semi-truck, you’re required to undergo a DOT Exam once every two years. At Edinger Urgent Care, board-certified physician John Alevizos, DO, and the team provide DOT exams on-site. To schedule an appointment at the office in Santa Ana, California, call to speak with an administrative staff member today.

Dot Exam

What is a DOT exam?

A DOT exam is a routine checkup required of all professional drivers. It assesses your physical and mental health to determine if you can safely operate a commercial vehicle.

After completing a DOT physical, you receive a certificate that’s valid for two years. If you have an underlying health problem, more frequent checkups might be necessary to maintain your commercial driver’s license.

Who needs to undergo a DOT exam?

DOT exams are required of any professional driver who:

  • Transports hazardous materials in a vehicle with a hazmat placard
  • Is paid to drive a commercial vehicle that transports eight or more people
  • Operates a vehicle that carries more than 15 passengers
  • Operates a vehicle that has a gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds

If you’re unsure if you need to undergo a DOT physical, talk with your employer. 

What does a DOT exam involve?

At Edinger Urgent Care, a DOT exam includes three steps:

Step one - Review of your medical history

At the beginning of your DOT exam, you fill out a form about your health. Make sure to let the team know about any underlying health problems you’re living with, if you take prescription medication, and whether you use alcohol, tobacco, or other substances.

Step two - Comprehensive physical exam

Next, the team conducts a thorough physical. During the exam, they assess your hearing, vision, and blood pressure. If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, make sure to bring them up during this time.

Step three - Laboratory testing

Last, the team orders several laboratory tests, including urine analysis, a complete blood count (CBC), and an electrocardiogram. These measures can detect potentially serious health problems that don’t present obvious symptoms.

How do I prepare for a DOT exam?

The best way to prepare for a DOT exam is to live a healthy lifestyle. The team at Edinger Urgent Care recommends:

  • Eating a balanced and nutritious diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoid heavy drinking
  • Quitting smoking

If you follow these steps, you’re much less likely to experience chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. The healthier you are, the easier it is to obtain your DOT certificate and keep driving.

If it’s time to schedule your bi-annual DOT exam, make an appointment at Edinger Urgent Care. Call to speak with an administrative staff member or click the online booking tool.