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Hypertension and the Effect on Truck Drivers

Trucking Shipping SeasonsHypertension is an ailment that many Americans deal with on a daily basis. However, hypertension and high blood pressure can have an effect on truck drivers. In order to better handle their hypertension, truck drivers should be aware about a number of things dealing with hypertension:

  • In order to drive, a truck driver must have a blood pressure of 140/90 without the use of medication
  • Those who do suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure do have the ability to be medically certified to drive
  • A driver does have the ability to become certified to drive while on medication as long as their blood pressure stays under 140/90
  • A DOT certification for a driver can be from 3 months to a full year depending on how severe the case is

So what are the stages of hypertension?

  • Stage one of hypertension ranges from 140/90 to 150/90. Drivers who are in stage one can be certified to drive for a full year versus a two year certification. When it comes to recertification, the driver must be at 140/90 or lower.
  • Stage two of hypertension ranges from 160/100 to 179/109. A driver suffering from stage two hypertension can only be certified for 3 months instead of a full year. In order to receive a full year, the driver must lower their blood pressure without medication.
  • Stage three hypertension is 180/110+ and immediately disqualifies drivers from receiving a certification. A driver must lower their blood pressure before they can try to be recertified for six months.

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:


  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Truck Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Truck Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement


If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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