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Are there physical requirements for truck drivers?

There are certain physical requirements to be a truck driver.  Some requirements are based on the individual trucking company you are applying with, and some are federal regulations.  Truck Drivers must: have 20/40 correctable vision, 70-degree field of vision in each eye, have adequate hearing, not be an insulin-dependent diabetic, not have high blood pressure, not have epilepsy, and not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Truck drivers that hold a CDL License are also required to carry a valid medical cards.  Medical cards are issued after a driving physical from a physicians.  Medical cards are as important as your CDL license and must be carried at all times.

It is also important to realize the physical aspects of working in a trucking job.  While there are no set strength standards, hours of driving and some heavy lifting are part of the job for all drivers.  You are also required to sit for extended periods of time.

Before you go to work for one of the many US trucking companies, make sure you understand and potential requirements they may have set.