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Preparing for a drug test as a truck driver

Drug testing is a vital part of making sure that a truck driver is safe to be on the road. But for any truck driver, whether being confident of passing the drug test or not, it can be a nerve-wracking experience.

This blog will provide a brief overview of what to expect as a truck driver going for a drug test, and will answer the most frequently asked questions.

Why are random drug tests performed?

Trucking employers must test all drivers by law, so no matter what company you work for, you'll be subject to a drug test before you are allowed to operate a commercial vehicle. This is to keep the roads as safe as possible and to prevent accidents. Employers must carry out a certain number of random drug tests per year.

How does a drug test differ after an accident?

Drug testing requirements differ slightly after an accident. Only in some circumstances is post-accident drug testing legally required, but many companies will drug test after every incident for insurance purposes.

How is the test performed?

Traditionally, urine testing was the standard protocol. However, in the past few years, hair testing has become known as the most accurate form of drug testing. This is because many illegal drug traces remain in the hair long after they have been taken. It has been reported that it may become a legal requirement for hair follicle drug testing to be conducted on all truck drivers in the future.

Source: All trucking, "Drug testing at trucking companies: what you need to know," accessed Aug. 10, 2017

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