Fit for the Road

Misty Bell | February 01, 2011

3. False. A blood pressure reading of less than 180/110 is needed to maintain your CDL. Those with higher BP may obtain a temporary certificate while attempting to get their numbers to an acceptable level.

4. False. There are currently no benchmark numbers, for BMI or otherwise, related to testing for sleep apnea.

5. True. While a driver may be disqualified for a mental, nervous or psychiatric disorder, the need for disqualification is largely left to the doctor’s discretion with no specific disorders singled out.

6. True. Eyesight must be at least 20/40 in each eye, with or without the aid of glasses or contacts. Drivers must also have a field of vision of at least 70 degrees horizontally with each eye and must not be red-green colorblind.

7. True. The rule is very specific on this one: If you receive a clinical diagnosis of alcoholism, you will be disqualified.

8. False. CSA does not include a governmental requirement for any type of medical testing.

9. True. As long as hearing aid wearers can hear a forced whisper in the better ear at a minimum distance of five feet and do not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz, he or she passes.

10. False. Drivers can be granted exceptions to the vision and diabetes portions of FMCSA’s standards by submitting the proper paperwork and with backing from a medical professional. Additionally, many of the standards are left somewhat to the certifying doctor’s ­interpretation.

Driver Health Tip

“Pack as much raw fruits and veggies in your cooler that you can. If losing weight is the goal, you know, cut calories and move that body for 15-30 minutes a day. When driving get out and stretch after 250 miles.”

Pete Mycek, driver for Green Circle Growers, pictured with son Jacob



Good Choice, Bad Choice: Sonic

Choose a grilled wrap over calorie-laden toasters

Good choice: Grilled Chicken Wrap

Bad choice: Chicken Club Toaster

The Difference: The Grilled Chicken Wrap has 390 calories and 14g of total fat. The Chicken Club Toaster has nearly twice the amount of calories (740) and more than three times the amount of fat (46g). The difference in portion size is negligible, but the wrap has far less fat and fewer calories, no trans fat (compared to the toaster’s 0.5g), the same amount of protein (28g), less sugar, fewer carbs and roughly a third as much saturated fat (3.5g to the toaster’s 11g).

Next time you choose Sonic, avoid the calories and fat in the Toasters and opt for a wrap.

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