‘Tis the Season for Extreme Weather Driving

by Ashley Rhodes 31. December 2019 11:39

The first step to driving in hazardous conditions is preparing before you even hit the road. Know before you go:

• Look up state chain laws and any road closures along your route. 

• Pay special attention to items in you pre-trip inspection that are affected by cold and snow. 

• Add Anti-Gel to your tank before you fuel up.

For details on these tips and more, be sure to complete the Extreme Weather Driving assignment in your Professional Driver Development Winter Training. The training is now live and is divided into seven assignments. We’re asking that you complete all assignments by February 7, 2020. 

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 about your training assignments or the new platform, please reach out to your FM/AS. 

Thanks for driving with us!

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Make Your Next Stop the U.S. Xpressway

by Ashley Rhodes 29. December 2019 11:33

The U.S. Xpressway is the website exclusively for all U.S. Xpress Drivers, including Independent Contractors. Visit www.USXpressway.com today for company news, videos, and interactive sections, as well as important information about:

• Ways we recognize our drivers.

• Tips for reading settlement sheets.

• How to stay safe and compliant while on the road. 

• Details about equipment, trucks, and trailers. 

• Contacts at U.S. Xpress available to help you. 

• How to bring pets and riders with you, and ways to stay healthy on the road.

If you already use the Xpress Mobile app, log in with your mobile app username and password. If you don’t have the mobile app, click on the New Driver Registration button on www.USXpressway.com and create a login quickly and easily.

We hope you enjoy your website, and thanks for driving with us! 

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 28. December 2019 11:31

As you likely know, with the introduction of a new 2018 tax law, you can no longer itemize work expenses for tax purposes. But there is good news: the IRS now allows you to keep $66 of your earnings per day tax-free as a professional truck driver.

U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage makes sure you get the full advantage of this new IRS benefit, allowing you to potentially take home up to 8% more per pay check.

How does it work? Check out our video for the details and an example of what you could be taking home on Per Diem Advantage.

Don’t forget, since the 2018 tax law went into effect, U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage is now the only way you can get a tax-free IRS benefit.

You should keep in mind that everyone’s tax situation is a little different, and you can visit www.usxjobs.com/per-diem-advantage-pay-calculator to get an estimate that closely matches your individual circumstances. We also recommend that you talk with a tax professional if you’re still unsure about whether Per Diem Advantage is right for you.

If you’re ready to enroll in Per Diem Advantage, you can sign up in three easy ways:

• Enter a Payroll Setup Macro 53 on DriverTech and type “Y” behind “DO YOU ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PER DIEM ADVANTAGE”.

• Call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor.

• Call 1-844-USXPRESS and speak to a Payroll team member by selecting Option #5.

Are you a Dedicated Driver? With the introduction of Per Diem Advantage, many of our accounts that were ineligible to be on our previous per diem program are now eligible to participate. These accounts include (but are not limited to) Ashley Furniture Advance, Baxter Health, Dollar General Janesville, Dupre Logistics New Orleans, Family Dollar Marianna, FedEx Chattanooga, Hobby Lobby Oklahoma City, Libbey Glass Toledo, Michaels Alliance, Michaels Hazleton, Michaels Jacksonville, Target Denton, Target Lake City, Tractor Supply Co. Frankfurt, Tractor Supply Co. Guilderland, and Walmart Auburn.

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Full Ride: We Cover 100% of College with No Strings Attached

by Ashley Rhodes 27. December 2019 11:30

One of the biggest things to happen to our industry and company is Full Ride – college education for you and your children at no cost to you.

Full Ride offers 100% paid college education from Ashford University for U.S. Xpress company drivers and their dependents ages 17-26. Ashford offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one of dozens of disciplines ranging from liberal arts to business to behavioral science. And U.S. Xpress will pay all tuition costs, fees, and books, all while you continue earning as a driver with us. There is no requirement to earn a certain grade to continue with the program, and while we hope you stay, there is no obligation for you to remain with us after you or your dependents have earned your degrees.

If you’re an experienced professional truck driver, you’re eligible to participate as soon as you begin working with us. If you’re a student drivers, you’re eligible to start taking classes as soon as you’ve completed behind-the-wheel training and are promoted to first seat driver. You can have a total of two family members enrolled in school at one time (either two dependent children 17-26 years of age or the driver and one dependent). All costs are covered for you and your family.

Why offer such a generous program if there’s no catch? CEO and President Eric Fuller said, “We don’t see this as just another benefit. We see it as an investment in our drivers and their families.” 

Visit www.USXFullRide.com today to get more information and get started on your enrollment!

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Temporary Payroll Deadline & New Year’s Holiday Hours

by Ashley Rhodes 26. December 2019 12:04

Some departments will be closed or have limited hours next week on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Please check the list below for the temporary changes. If you have any questions or need additional info, please call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor.

Next week also has a temporary new deadline to submit paperwork for payroll. Submit your paperwork no later than midnight on Monday, December 30, 2019 if you want to ensure you get paid on Friday, January 3, 2020. Please note that if you are a Dedicated driver on a true up, your payroll will not be affected by this temporary change. Payroll will be closed on New Year’s Day.  

DriverTech Help Desk will be open 7 a.m – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on New Year’s Day.   

Xpress Roadside Assistance, Extended Coverage, and Claims will be open 24 hours, as usual.

The following Service Centers and shops will be closed or have limited hours on New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day:

·         Cleveland: Closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

·         Duncan: Closed on New Year’s Eve; Open on New Year’s Day

·         Ellenwood: 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Open on New Year’s Day

·         Irving: Closing at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed on New Year’s Day

·         Indianapolis: Open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

·         Jackson: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed on New Year’s Day

·         Jacksonville: 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Open on New Year’s Day

·         Loudon: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed on New Year’s Day (shop tech will be on call)

·         Markham: Open (with limited staff) on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

·         Olive Branch: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed on New Year’s Day (shop tech will be on call)

·         Springfield:Open (with limited staff) on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

·         Shippensburg: Closing at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; Closed on New Year’s Day (shop tech will be on call)

Have a safe and happy holidays!

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Congratulations to Our November Drivers and Trainers of the Month!

by Ashley Rhodes 26. December 2019 09:55

We believe our Drivers and Trainers of the Month are some of the best professionals on the road! Drivers and Trainers of the Month are selected by their managers for their outstanding safety records, for hours of service compliance, and for having an overall good reputation. The winning drivers are then chosen by company leadership.

They receive a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and they will be in the running for the 2019 Driver/Trainer of the Year award. Make sure to say congrats to these drivers for winning!

Shout out to our November Drivers of the Month/Trainers of the Month:

Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month Terry P.
"Terry is an excellent driver who takes pride in his work. He takes initiative in resolving issues that arise at shippers and consignees. Our whole team is proud of the way Terry represents U.S. Xpress and the Walmart Tour. Congratulations Terry!" – Transportation Supervisor Matt Mikell

Dedicated Team Drivers Karen & Richard B.
"It doesn't surprise me that Rick and Karen have won Drivers of the Month. Just a few months ago, they were praised for their extreme, relentless efforts on saving a very imperative FedEx Team Dedicated lane. They have gone above and beyond at all times for this account. Since day one, Rick and Karen have been awarded the On-Time Pick Up/On-Time Delivery bonus every single month! Aside from this, on upcoming holidays where teams typically request home time, Rick and Karen have offered additional support and help every single holiday to avoid any failures or cancellations. This team is one-of-a-kind and I cannot thank them enough for the love and support they have shown U.S. Xpress by their incredible work ethic! This team is RELENTLESS!" – Transportation Supervisor Mike DeLeon

Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month Brian S.
"Brian has always been a professional truck driver within U.S. Xpress. Aside from his passion for driving, he exemplifies the traits of a leader in the trucking industry. He has been recognized for 100% service to Meijer stores, as well as for helping and mentoring other drivers in the company. He's known for being on time and running hard to meet our customer's demands. Thank you, Brian, for your dedication!" – Transportation Manager Mohammad Taha

Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month Corey F.
"Corey is a great driver. He is very professional, reliable, and always willing to help. He rarely calls in, but always communicates when he does run into any issues. His positive attitude and great sense of humor make working with him a joy." – Transportation Supervisor Toi Lewton 

OTR Solo Driver of the Month Burton C.
"Burton works well with others. He's always helpful, and he loves U.S. Xpress: he's been here 19 years! He's never in a bad mood. He's always positive and upbeat. Burton has a great attitude, and best of all, he never delivers his loads late." – Fleet Support Manager Scott Ainscough

OTR Team Drivers of the Month Melina G. & James D.
"Melina and James are a pleasure to work with. They are always professional and have a desire to be the best they can be at all times. They are a top-notch team!" – Team Fleet Support Manager Tim Henderson

OTR Owner Operator Driver of the Month Dan L.
"Dan is very proactive at communication, he always makes sure his service is good, and he is a great Driver Mentor as well. I have learned a lot from him since he has been on my board. He always keeps a good attitude even when things don't go his way, and he keeps running hard and safely." – Fleet Support Manager Matt Combes

Dedicated Certified Driver Trainer of the Month Tim K.
"Tim is one of the company's best Certified Driver Trainers, as well as an overall driver. Not only does he help his students, but he is always willing to help anyone in need. I have seen Tim go out of his way to help people. He is always in a good mood every morning that he comes into this office, and he's a pleasure to work with." – Account Supervisor Paul Randolph

OTR Certified Driver Trainer of the Month Don B.
"Don is deserving of this recognition. He goes above and beyond with his students, and he rarely has issues or conflicts. We're glad to have him as a Certified Driver Trainer!" – Fleet Operations Director Daniel Hall

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Know These Tire Chain Tips Before Winter Weather Gets the Best of You

by Ashley Rhodes 26. December 2019 09:15

Hopefully you can avoid tire chaining. But if you get caught in bad winter weather, here are a few tips:

• Chain up when there is snow and ice on the road and chaining is your only option to get to a safe location, also when chaining is required by state law or during a snow emergency.

• Because chain laws vary by state, use www.trucking.org as a resource to stay up-to-date.

• U.S. Xpress company drivers may pick up and drop off chains at designated chain banks, including our service centers. 

Professional Driver Development Winter Training is now live and includes tire chaining best practices along with a Chain Bank Tip Card for quick reference when you’re on the road. The Winter Training is divided into seven assignments and we’re asking that you complete them by February 7, 2020. 

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 about your training assignments or the new platform, please reach out to your FM/AS. 

Thanks for driving with us!

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Get a Better Look at Our Service Centers: This Month We’re Featuring Olive Branch

by Ashley Rhodes 23. December 2019 16:42

Whether you’ve been to our service centers recently or it’s been a while, there’s a chance you haven’t seen everything available to you. That’s why we’re profiling our service centers, and this month is all about our Olive Branch, MS location.

As one of the most important parts of our business, we want you to feel comfortable when you’re in our service centers, whether you’re there to work, relax or play!

If your truck is in need of a service, bring it in to Olive Branch’s full service maintenance shop, open 7am – 11pm on Monday – Friday and 7am – 5:30pm on Saturday – Sunday.

 

Could your truck use a good wash? Olive Branch’s wash bay is equipped with everything you need to get it sparkling clean. 

 

Need a place to park your personal vehicle during your next route? Olive Branch has a private parking lot for drivers that is free to use.

 

Olive Branch’s company van offers you a convenient option to go shopping, grab a meal, or run errands around town during a break. 

 

If you’re looking to relax on a break, look no further than Olive Branch’s driver’s lounge. Kick your feet up in a comfy lounge chair, catch up on your favorite TV shows, connect to the free Wi-Fi, or play video games at the gaming station (coming soon). 

 

Grab a bite or brown bag it at Olive Branch’s kitchen and dining area, featuring a refrigerator, a coffee maker, two microwaves, snack and drink machines, and plenty of tables and chairs.

 

 

Step just outside of the driver’s lounge to enjoy a break in the fresh air at Olive Branch’s outdoor seating area.

 

Bring on your dirty laundry! Olive Branch has washers and dryers that are free to use 24/7.

 

Olive Branch also offers self-service paperwork scanning and an ATM for your convenience.

 

Look for more exciting additions, including a grilling station, basketball hoop, and updated kennels for your pet co-pilots, in early 2020.

 

Like all of our service centers, Olive Branch is here for you. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to the Service Center Manager Joe Parks at 662-892-6736 or jparks@usxpress.com. 

 

Thanks for driving with us! 

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Make Up to $3,000 for Every New Driver Referral

by Ashley Rhodes 22. December 2019 14:28

Being a U.S. Xpress driver comes with a lot of perks, like solid pay and benefits and free college. And referring a driver also comes with perks, like up to $3,000 in referral bonuses! In fact, you’ll earn a bonus for every new referral, so that extra cash will add up fast. 

$250 for every Student Driver

$1,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

$3,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your new hire delivers their first load.

Ready to make some quick cash? Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral or using the form on your Xpress Mobile app. 

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Keep Rolling in Winter Weather. Don’t Forget to Use Anti-Gel.

by Ashley Rhodes 21. December 2019 15:09

Don’t get stranded in the freezing temperatures. Pour in one bottle of Anti-Gel per fuel tank each time that you fill up.

Anti-Gel is available at all U.S. Xpress shops. You can also purchase Anti-Gel with your fuel card at your fuel stops.

Anti-Gel prevents your fuel from gelling due to exposure to the arctic air. Your truck will not start or run if your fuel gels, resulting in your truck being towed, and lost time given to waiting on your fuel to thaw and return to a liquid state.

A few more helpful Anti-Gel tips:

• If you’re coming from warmer temperatures into colder temperatures, plan ahead and put Anti-Gel in your tank while you are still in warmer temperatures. This allows the fuel to mix with the Anti-Gel before hitting arctic air.

• Run the bunk heater after you have put Anti-Gel in your fuel. This will allow treated fuel to be in the fuel line for the heater and ensure that the heater will run when you are ready to get in the sleeper.

• Our late model trucks have a built-in fuel warmer in the Davco filter housing under the hood. If you are having trouble starting your truck and suspect that your fuel has gelled due to freezing temperatures, turn the key to on (but not to start), and let the heater warm the fuel in the filter for a few minutes. You may be able to get the truck started using this method.

• Never use aerosol ether starting fluid.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Fuel Department at 844-879-7737 option 2.

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