Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics

by Christine Turner27. February 2015 15:00

According to PPD (Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics), studies show that up to 28% of commercial drivers may be afflicted by sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea – where the tissues in the back of the throat repetitively collapse during sleep, producing snoring and complete airway blockage. When left untreated OSA can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems; it is associated with type 2 diabetes and depression; and can be a factor in many traffic accidents and accidents with heavy machinery, owing to the persistent drowsiness suffered by many OSA patients before the disease is recognized and treated (American Sleep Apnea Association).

To help our drivers, U.S. Xpress will be piloting a sleep apnea program! This pilot will be at no cost to our drivers and will cover testing, equipment, supplies, etc. for those that are diagnosed with sleep apnea. We will be looking for volunteers soon, and will share more details about the program and how to volunteer.

Have you noticed any of the following symptoms?
• Morning Headaches?
• Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep?
• Loud snoring that disturbs others?
• Waking up gasping or snorting?
• Awakening with dry mouth or throat?
If so, you might have sleep apnea and could qualify for this pilot. Be sure to check out Amy Lokken’s Facebook chat where she will be looking for your feedback about the program.

 

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Attention Drivers we have been notified that Georgia has now declared a State of Emergency due to the inclement weather.

by Christine Turner25. February 2015 14:32

 

Attention Drivers we have been notified that Georgia has now declared a State of Emergency due to the inclement weather.

 

As of 1400 Eastern Time today, officers will be inspecting truck for proper emergency equipment.

 

The State Patrol will deploy 174 troopers for rapid response to accidents, and it will mandate that all tractor trailers pull in to weigh stations to assure that trucks have the proper equipment for travel in snow/ice conditions.”

 

Tire Chain Requirements in Georgia

 

DID YOU KNOW that failing to use tire chains during certain weather emergencies is a violation of Georgia law?

 

OCGA § 32-6-5 allows the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to close or limit access to any portion of road during a “Declared State of Emergency” for inclement weather conditions. When such conditions exist, GDOT shall erect or post signage of adequate size indicating that a portion of the state highway system has been closed or access has been limited.

 

Once access to a roadway has been limited due to inclement winter weather conditions, notice shall be given to motorists through posted signage that motor vehicles must be equipped with tire chains.

 

 

 

Operators of commercial vehicles (other than buses) with four or more drive wheels traveling on a road declared as limited access due to inclement winter weather conditions shall affix tire chains to at least four of the drive wheel tires.

 

 

 

A driver of a motor vehicle who causes an accident or blocks the flow of traffic while failing to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of OCGA § 32-6-5, when access is limited on the state highway system due to a declared state of emergency for inclement weather conditions, shall be fined up to $1,000.00.

  

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Safety News

by Christine Turner25. February 2015 10:00

 Did you know that in the last 12 months, 32 US Xpress drivers have been placed out of service because their medical card had not been updated with their state DMV? This violation carries 30 CSA points to you and US Xpress.  You cannot legally drive until your information has been received and updated by your state.

Most frequent Driver Fitness Related violations include:

-       Not in possession of medical card

-       Expired medical examiners certificate

-       Operating CMV without a CDL

-       Compliance with restrictions on CDL


You can prevent violations with two easy steps.  First, make sure your state has your self-certification on file.  (Always check “Non Excepted Interstate.)  Second, file every new DOT physical with your State DMV within 15 days of receiving it. 

Make sure your medical card and CDL are compliant today.

Working together – we can prevent CSA violations!

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Congratulations to the 2014 4th-quarter Million Milers at U.S. Xpress, Inc.!

by Christine Turner24. February 2015 10:03

 

Congratulations to the 2014 4th-quarter Million Milers at U.S. Xpress, Inc.!  We were proud to honor these accomplished drivers in our corporate offices in Chattanooga, TN recently.  Honorees spent the day meeting with leadership, touring the building, receiving awards, and special lunch with the executive leadership We celebrated the career milestones of Charles Allen, our latest Two Million Miler, and the most recent One Million Milers:

Michael Adcock                                Jeffrey Everitt                   James Lee, Jr.                   

 

Allen Berry                          Michuel Goode                 

Robert Cole                        Johnny Halsell                   Ernest Metz

 

Lorenzo Countee             Kevin Holmes                    Donald Nyman

 

Maria Dempster               Charles Ivery                      John Putman
                                               

James Dillman                   Rommie Kornegay, Jr.                                                                                                                   

 

                                               

 

 

Charles Allen, Two Million Miler, with U.S. Xpress, Inc. Safety VP Amy Lokken

 

 

 

 

Million Milers recognized recently in the corporate offices,
pictured here with Max L. Fuller, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

 

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DELL is offering all USX employees their products at discounted prices.

by Christine Turner11. February 2015 09:18

 

DELL is offering all USX employees their products at discounted prices.

 

Please read the instructions below for more information.

 

 

 

Dell has teamed up with US Xpress to offer you the opportunity to purchase award-winning Dell computer and consumer products at discounted prices. Wide selections of new and refurbished products are available to Employee Purchase Program (EPP) members. As an EPP customer, you can take advantage of exclusive EPP-only deals and discounts (typically up to a 10% discount)! You may also take advantage of national mail-in and instant rebates offered in the program.

 

Participation DELL EPP offers you two ways to select and purchase your Dell computer and consumer products:

 

1.Purchase on-line

 

a. Go to the address: www.dell.com/mpp/usxpress

 

b. To place an order, make your product selections as desired. A credit card will be required to complete the purchase. If you do not have an existing Dell Account you will have the opportunity to create one. (@usxpress.com email address is not required) Optionally, you can Continue as Guest to complete your order.

 

 

 

2.Call 1-866-535-3578 to order by phone. Identify yourself as an associate of US Xpress and provide your Company Code Password: GS21919658.

 

 

 

Eligibility

 

The DELL EPP is currently available to:

 

•Active full-time and part-time U.S. employees of US Xpress and its subsidiaries;

 

•U.S. employees on approved disability, medical, military or personal leaves of absence;

 

•Retirees of US Xpress and its acquired companies living in the continental United States.

 

 

 

Customer Service

 

We want your shopping experience to be quick and easy. If you have questions or feedback about Dell services, please call CUSTOMER CARE at 1-888-242-0938

 

 

 

 

 

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We are listening!

by Christine Turner10. February 2015 10:55

 

 

 

Hey Drivers, Xpress Roadside Assistance is working to fix the phone issues you have informed us of and one thing they have found is some drivers are calling in thru the switchboard and/or the intercompany extensions and these calls have the potential of getting dropped before they make it in the XRA queue.   We want to encourage you to make sure you are using the direct phone number for XRA, 1-800-447-3152.  This will help you get in the queue faster and help resolve some of your phone frustrations.  Check out our recent Facebook chat with Gerry Mead and drivers for answers to questions about improvements we are making to our Maintenance program in 2015. You can find the summary in the “Notes” section. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/us-xpress-drivers/vice-president-of-maintenance-gerry-meads-facebook-chat-1282015/815971095140782

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Shippensburg Entrance

by Christine Turner6. February 2015 07:29

 

Attention Drivers:

 

The Shippensburg entrance gate has moved.  Drivers will need to enter/exit the terminal using the same road that Procter & Gamble is located.  Directions to this entrance are from I-81, go West 1.2 miles and turn right at the first light, USX and Proctor Gamble share same driveway.  This driveway is not currently labeled with a street name it is simply P&G/US Xpress entrance. Thanks and please have a safe day!

 

 

 

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Drivers Thank You for…

by Christine Turner5. February 2015 12:16

 

Our Customer Service team members are identifying drivers each week that they would like to thank. They send out notes to each of the drivers, but we would also like to share these compliments with everyone, and look forward to sharing more appreciation shout outs in the future. Drivers Thank You for…

Santiago Luquez Your patience in Cincinnati, we are so sorry for the delay.

Nathaniel Lee Your help with pro 8238848, we appreciate your hard work.

Alan Smith & Antoinette Allen Your hard work and dependability on our runs from Chattanooga to W. Columbia, SC.

Bradley Putchat Doing such a great job on pro 8270474.

Christopher Anderson & Fred Chatham Helping deliver pro 8288233 on time. We got with you last minute to deliver.

Dean Potter Great job on the repower on the Limited load, customer was very impressed.

Nathaniel Drake Your patience while waiting to be unloaded on my pro 8299043 at Clearwater Paper.

Michael Hernandez Picking up and delivering on time on our pro Wal-Mart load pro 8387665.

George Massey Doing such a great job on pro 8337792. You delivered the load on time and the customer had wonderful things to say about you.

Shavar Williams Recovering P&G pro 8323568.

Joshua and Charles Malone Your hard work servicing our load from Hebron, KY to Phoenix, AZ.

Mike and Shona Gordon Awesome job on the load from Hazelton, PA to Coffeyville, KS.

Oscar Nelson Doing a great job on pro 8339717.

Charles Britten Helping me recover a load.

Ronald Beeman Helping out with a repower on pro 8437786

David Fox Helping on this long difficult pro 8467570, I really appreciate your attitude and help.

Norman Terry Delivering the P&G delivery to Schenectady, NY.

Cecil Middleton Your help with pro 8535733, you did an awesome job.

Sean Lewis Keeping it professional with Costco when they were refusing you

Adam Brady Helping us out on the repower for 8587888, you saved this load from a service failure.

Donnie Haugabrooks Shuttling those trailers into Food Lion in Greencastle, PA

Norman Magill Servicing my load from Jessup, MD to Duffield, VA on time.

Thomas Barker Hustling to get my pro 8555007 delivered into C&S.

Tracey Jordan Help on pro 8415835. You really helped us out.

Tony Jackson Doing an excellent job on pro 8558665!

Gary Freeman Sticking it out with the trans loads on pro 8599825 from Springfield, OH to Fulton, MO.

 

 

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Driver Advisory Council

by Christine Turner4. February 2015 10:00

We are proud to share a new way we are hearing from you, the drivers of U.S. Xpress!

This past week we had our first meeting with the Driver Advisory Council. The Driver Advisory Council is a cross functional group of drivers from each of our SBUs (solo, team, dedicated, regional, etc.).  This team of drivers was selected by our executive team and the drivers will serve for  set staggered terms. 

 

The purpose of this council is to gain feedback in a one-on-one setting from our drivers.  Our goal is to brainstorm with our drivers on how best we can become the carrier drivers want to stay with until they retire.  We will be meeting with these drivers on a monthly basis and going forward, will focus on one topic per meeting.  Next month’s meeting will revolve around safety and training. 

 

Please keep in mind that we are going to continue to host driver roundtables to gain feedback from as many drivers as possible and always feel free to share your thoughts on our U.S. Xpress Drivers Facebook page.

 

We will keep you posted on all of the details as we finalize everything. We look forward to sharing Driver Advisory Council member profiles and highlights in the future.

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Total Safety Newsletter Jan 2015

by Brigitte Creswell4. February 2015 08:45

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