Help Maintain Your Mental Health With Our Employee Assistance Program

by Christina Sacco 25. July 2020 10:43

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is designed to help you lead a happier, more productive life by maintaining your mental health. Through the program, you have access to unlimited online and phone support 24/7, anywhere in the world. It allows you to:

·     Connect to Licensed Professional Counselors who can help with things like:

o   Stress, depression, anxiety

o   Relationship issues, divorce

o   Job stress, work conflicts

o   Family and parenting problems

o   Anger, grief and loss

o   And more

·      Visit a Licensed Professional Counselor 3 times at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind, though these are usually face-to-face visits, they will most likely be held virtually until the COVID-19 outbreak has passed.

·      Access multi-lingual, medically certified crisis management professionals around the world through a state-of-the-art global response operations center.

We know times like these can be stressful, scary, and sad. Just remember that even while you’re out on the road, you’re not alone. Millions of people are feeling the same way, and millions of people are seeking help. If you think you could benefit from talking to someone too, we encourage you to do so.

To get connected to a Licensed Professional Counselor or get information on other medical assistance regarding your mental health, call 1-800-854-1446 or visit www.unum.com/lifebalance.

We appreciate everything you’re doing for everyone in the country in this uncertain time. Staying diligent and positive through times like these can be difficult, but just remember, we’re all in this together, and together, we’ll all get through this.

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Essential Worker Letter Available in Xpress Mobile App

by Christina Sacco 24. July 2020 10:35

As truck drivers, your job is essential, especially during this time of crisis. If you’re in an area that has gone on lockdown, you may be stopped at a checkpoint and asked for a verification letter. 

To help keep you safe by cutting down on the exchange of paper, we have made this letter digital. If you’re stopped, open the letter in the Xpress Mobile App by selecting Documents, then Permits, from the app’s menu, and show it to the official. It is also available on our COVID-19 landing page (www.usxpress.com/COVID-19).

As always, thanks for driving with us and for putting in so much hard work day-in and day-out to help keep this country running. Stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we’re here for you through all of this.

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Make. More. Money.

by Christina Sacco 23. July 2020 08:00

Want an extra $4,000 in your pocket? Introduce us to new drivers, and the cash could be yours. 

For a limited time only, we are now paying… 

• $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

• $4,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your new hire delivers their first load as a U.S. Xpress driver. Though the Driver Referral Bonus is open to U.S. Xpress company drivers only, there’s no limit to how many referrals you can make.

Get your cash in hand ASAP. Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral.

Thinking of teaming up yourself? There’s $1,500 in it for U.S. Xpress drivers. Find a partner (or we can help you find one), and you’ll each earn a $1,500 Team Up Bonus.

Why drive as a team? You’ll get more miles, more money, and you’ll be eligible for our Utilization Bonus each month. Plus, our OTR Team CPM is one of the best in the country.

Know someone outside the company you want to team up with? Bring them on as a U.S. Xpress driver, and you’ll not only get the $1,500 Team Up Bonus, but you’ll also score an additional $2,000 Driver Referral Bonus!

Ready to make more money by driving Team? Contact blee@usxpress.com today to get started. Please note, the $1,500 Team Up Bonus is for OTR Teams only and is for both U.S. Xpress company drivers and independent contractors.

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Face Coverings Required for All Team Members

by Christina Sacco 22. July 2020 10:44

As we continue to see COVID-19 cases spiking throughout the country, we and other businesses are doing everything we can to help keep you safe. That’s why we’re now requiring all team members to wear face coverings while in our facilities. 

With that said, you’re welcome to remove your face covering while you’re in your cab.

If you don’t have a face covering, you can pick one up at any service center or Dedicated location. 

As always, please remember to take all possible precautions while you’re out on the road. This includes washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and, of course, wearing a face covering. 

We appreciate all that you do, particularly during such uncertain times. Your dedication and hard work are keeping the country rolling. Your relentless efforts make us confident that we’ll get through this together.

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Are You a Certified Trucker Against Trafficking?

by Christina Sacco 22. July 2020 07:48

As you may know, victims of human trafficking are often found in locations frequented by truck drivers. These victims need our help, and that’s why U.S. Xpress has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a nonprofit organization that trains truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking. By learning how to identify the signs and report incidents of trafficking, you can play a vital role in rescuing victims. Since 2009, professional drivers like you have reported over 2,000 cases to TAT’s national hotline and freed over 1,000 people.

You can help victims of human trafficking with a TAT-certification course that involves a 26-minute video, followed by a 10-minute quiz. 

Access the training one of three ways:

• On www.USXpressway.com, there’s a direct link with a button titled “Professional Driver Development Site”.

• Or, if you’re already logged into U.S. Xpressway, you can find the Learning System listed under MY TOOLS.

• Or, you can go to our main website, www.usxpress.com. At the bottom of the main page, you can click “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” to access the platform.

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Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

by Christina Sacco 21. July 2020 08:50

Now that summer has hit, the whole country is heating up. But high temperatures don’t just make you sweat, they can actually be dangerous to your health. While you’re out on the road, please be sure to watch for symptoms of heat-related illnesses including:

• Heat Cramps. Symptoms include muscle pains or spasms particularly in the abdomen, arms, or legs. People typically experience heat cramps during intense activities in high temperatures because they body’s salt and moisture has been depleted through sweating. To treat them, rest in a cool place, drink some water, gently stretch affected muscles, and try to eat a salty snack to restore your body’s mineral balance.

• Heat Exhaustion. If heat cramps aren’t treated, you can begin to experience heat exhaustion where your body temperature can rise as high as 104 degrees. Some symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache, weakness, and clammy skin. 

• Heatstroke. Heat exhaustion can cause a heatstroke – a life-threatening condition occurring when your body exceeds 104 degrees – if you don’t cool your body down. When having a heatstroke, you may experience confusion, irritability, heart rhythm problems, dizziness, nausea, visual disturbances, or fatigue. It can even lead to a seizure or coma. To prevent brain damage, organ failure, or even death, seek immediate medical attention. 

Fortunately, with a little caution, these are all preventable. Be sure to:

• Stay informed and up to date on weather forecasts and heat alerts wherever you are or wherever you’re headed. 

• Get acclimated by pacing yourself and taking it slow. 

• Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Instead, drink water regularly throughout the day – ideally 16-32oz each hour. 

• Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks as they can dehydrate you faster. 

• Wear loose, light-colored, and breathable clothing to help sweat evaporate and keep you cool. 

• Take breaks in the shade or air-conditioning, particularly if you begin feeling weak or faint.

More summer safety information as well as the rest of your Professional Driver Development Summer Training is now live. It’s divided into five quick assignments you should complete by Friday, September 11th. 

Access the training quickly and easily online! Simply log on to the Professional Driver Development Site one of the following ways:

• From the welcome page at www.USXpressway.com, click the “Professional Driver Development Site” button.

• From within www.USXpressway.com, click the “Learning System” link found under MY TOOLS.

• Or, from www.usxpress.com, click the “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” link at the bottom of the main page. 

You can sign in with your Xpress Mobile/U.S. Xpressway username and password. If you have not signed up for Xpress Mobile or U.S. Xpressway yet, you can create a login by visiting www.USXpressway.com.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit https://vimeo.com/333594296.

If you have any questions, just reach out to your manager. And, as always, thanks for driving with us!

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Shout Out to Professional Driver Noel M.

by Christina Sacco 20. July 2020 09:34

Today we're giving a well-deserved shout out to OTR Professional Driver Noel M. for stepping in and helping out on the Shelbyville Kroger Dedicated account during COVID-19.

Transportation Manager Rachel Bunten bragged on Noel, saying "He comes in smiling and always has a positive attitude." We're so proud to have Noel driving with us.

We want to share more stories of standout drivers like Noel. If you've got a shout out for a fellow driver to share, send it to us at USXCommunications@usxpress.com or share it on our Facebook Page (@usxpressdrivers). 

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Need to Fuel Up? Locate a Fuel Stop from your DriverTech.

by Christina Sacco 19. July 2020 11:46

Easily locate a fuel stop on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Fuel”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal fuel stop options will display on your screen, and you can select the one that best suits your needs. 

If you have any questions about locating a fuel stop from your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

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Scan in Your Paperwork from Your Cab

by Christina Sacco 18. July 2020 11:44

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

It’s Convenient.
You can scan and view your paperwork from anywhere.

It’s Instant.
The app allows you to skip the lines for scanners so you can get back on the road sooner. 

It’s Easy.
If you already have the Xpress Mobile App, everything you need is already on your phone. 

It helps keep you safe. 

Since every driver has to scan in paperwork, scanners are often some of the more frequently touched items in our facilities. With the threat of COVID-19 still growing, that’s the kind of thing you should be avoiding. Not to mention standing close to others as you wait in line for the scanner. When you use your app, you don’t even have to leave your cab. Just remember to disinfect your phone on a regular basis. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Go to Go to www.USXpressway.com click on "Xpress Mobile App".

Feel free to reach out to your manager  if you have any questions.

Stay safe, drivers.

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Almost there! Operation Safe Driver Week Ends Tomorrow.

by Christina Sacco 17. July 2020 11:42

Operation Safe Driver Week is almost over. We know you’re being smart about safety, but remember to use the same safe driving practices you always use, including: 

• Maintaining speeds at or below posted speed limits

• Wearing a seat belt

• Not using any handheld mobile device, including cell phones

• Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you

• Making proper lane changes

• Avoiding reckless and aggressive driving

• Obeying all traffic signs and devices, including stop signs, traffic lights, lane restriction signs, weight limit signs, etc. 

If you have any questions about Operation Safe Driver Week, please reach out to your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor or the Safety Department.

We appreciate you always being safe out there, and thanks for driving with us! 

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