Driving Healthy is co-sponsored by Travelers and Northland. The content was developed and edited by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute with initial support from the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE). The goal of Driving Healthy is to provide commercial drivers with relevant health information allowing them to make healthier lifestyle choices while on the road. Driving Healthy provides wellness information targeted to drivers’ unique needs. The website provides information and tips related to eating and living healthy, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) medical screenings, and condition management and prevention. Driving Healthy’s resources include Twitter and Facebook accounts. These outlets offer quick links to important information and daily tips for eating and living well on the road and at home.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides a number of resources to help you maintain your health and safety while on the road. We’ve identified some of these resources below. Additional resources can be found on the FMCSA website. [hr]
Drivers seeking information about the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program medical requirements should start by visiting the FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License Program website and the CDL Medical Overview and Medical Programs pages. The Medical Programs page provides links to commonly requested information and documents.
Commonly Requested Information
- National Registry of Medical Examiners
- Medical Requirements for Drivers
- Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
- Applications and Forms
- Medical Exemptions
Commonly Requested Documents
- Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
- Medical Examiners Certificate
- Annual Diabetes Assessment Package for Exempted Drivers
- General Vision Exemption Package
The FMCSA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have published rules specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers and drivers who transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials from texting or using hand-held mobile phones while operating their vehicles. FMCSA’s Distracted Driving page provides an overview of what you need to know to stay in compliance with the new rules.
North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP)
The NAFMP is designed to address the issue of driver fatigue with a comprehensive approach that includes:
- Information on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue.
- Fatigue management education for drivers, drivers’ families, carrier executives and managers, shippers/receivers, and dispatchers.
- Information on sleep disorders screening and treatment driver and trip scheduling information.
- Driver and trip scheduling information
- Information on Fatigue Management Technologies
Specific resources are provided for:
- Motor Carrier Executives and Managers
- Safety Managers and Other Trainers
- Dispatchers and Driver Managers
- Commercial Drivers
- Driver Spouses and Family
- Freight Shippers and Receivers
Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs for common ailments, including allergies, colds, depression, muscle pain, anxiety disorders, and high blood pressure can cause drowsiness, slow reaction time, and impair vision and coordination. Medications, whether over-the-counter (OTC), prescription (Rx) or a combination of both, can cause drowsiness or dizziness, slow reaction time and impair coordination, affect vision and other skills that are needed to be a focused driver.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has developed Roadwise RX, a free online tool that provides information about medication side effects and drug interactions, that may be relevant to safe vehicle operation. Drivers can enter the names of medications they may be taking—OTC or Rx—and instantly receive confidential, personalized results. Take a minute to visit AAA ’s www.roadwiserx.com where you can print your results and discuss them with your physician, if necessary.