What To Expect From Driver Medicals

What To Expect From Driver Medicals

If you wish to hold a commercial licence in Victoria, you’ve probably heard the term driver medicals thrown around. The concept can be confronting, but there’s actually nothing to be scared of. That’s why today we’re going over what exactly driver medicals are, who conducts them and what to expect.

What Are Driver Medicals?

Driver medicals are essentially an examination that ensures that you’re fit and healthy to be operating a truck, rideshare or other commercial vehicle. They can also be carried out for private licensing.

Who Carries Out Driver Medicals?

A doctor or nurse will perform the bulk of your examination. In most cases, you will also be required to visit an optometrist and have some pathology work done. The majority of this is quick and painless with the worst bit of the process being having your bloods taken.

What Do Driver Medicals Include?

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As a general rule, driver medicals include the following components:

Eye Test

Everyone needs an eye test to get their licence in the first place but if you’re going for a commercial upgrade, you’re probably going to have to sit another as you’re going to be responsible for more lives (either directly or indirectly) while you’re on the road. This part of your test will be carried out by an optometrist and the results will be provided both to you and to your doctor.

Reaction Speed Test

You’ll also most likely have to complete a reaction speed test. This is simply to ensure that your reflexes are quick enough to handle anything that may happen while you’re out on the road and is usually carried out by your doctor.

Substance Use Questionnaire

While driver medicals do not generally include blood or urine testing for controlled substances, the company that you are applying to work for may have this as a requirement of employment. In general, however, you will simply be required to fill out a questionnaire that looks at your relationship with drugs and alcohol. This is designed to gauge whether there will be any potential issues for your health rather than while driving as we have laws around substance use and being behind the wheel, so we strongly encourage you to answer all fields accurately and honestly, no matter what the answer may be.

General Examination

You’ll also undergo a general exam to make sure that you’re healthy in general. This won’t impact so much upon your ability to get a commercial licence but does help you to identify areas that may need to be monitored so that they don’t become issues in the future.

Testing For Neurological And Age-Related Disorders

This section may not apply to all driver medicals but it is fairly common so it’s worth noting. Certain neurological and age-related disorders can impact on your ability to safely operate a vehicle so testing for these may be undertaken. In the event that something does come up, it doesn’t automatically disqualify you, so don’t stress too much about this section in that aspect. The good news is that this can often act as early detection screening so you’ll receive the best possible care if anything does appear.

Checking In On The Impact Of Diabetes, Epilepsy And Other Health Indicators That May Cause Complications

Finally, if you suffer from diabetes, epilepsy or any other health conditions that may affect your overall health or ability to drive, these will be assessed and monitored to ensure that you’re not putting yourself or anyone else at risk. This part of your driver medicals will likely be very similar to any assessments you had to undertake to get your standard licence so expect a fairly standard experience.

Now that you understand a bit more about driver medicals we hope the experience seems a lot less scary.