May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Michael Foster, Motor Vehicle Service Division Director
Those of us who hold Commercial Driver’s Licenses often treat the every-two-years medical exams required by the Department of Transportation as a nuisance. We should take them seriously.
Before we have our DOT physicals, we should schedule an appointment with our personal doctors. As members of the APWU, we have the right to select healthcare coverage from among some of the best health insurance plans in the country. Don’t waste this vital benefit!
It’s important to let your doctor know if you have a family history of ailments that could interfere with your ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle. If left uncontrolled, diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and other illnesses can inhibit your ability to drive safely.