Complete Your Winter 2019 Training Assignments by February 7, 2020

by Ashley Rhodes 20. December 2019 13:35

As part of our commitment to your ongoing professional development, you have been assigned training that is now available on our Professional Driver Development Site. We’re asking that you complete the seven assignments by February 7, 2020. 

Our Professional Driver Development program is designed to help you throughout your career, whether you’re new or experienced. Part of this involves training assignments that help you stay up-to-date about important aspects of your job. This winter, we’re focusing on the following topics:

• Winter Slipping Hazards

• Tire Chaining

• Chain Bank Tip Card

• Accident Response Protocol

• Episode 1: Extreme Weather Driving 

• Anti-Gel Fuel Additive Tip Card

• 2019 Driver Handbook

 

You can complete all seven assignments at once or one at a time, whichever is most convenient for you. Plus, you can access them quickly and easily online! 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. 

Check our Facebook (@usxpressdrivers) or Instagram (@us.xpressdrivers) for weekly chances to win a $50 paycheck 

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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New Temporary Payroll Deadline and Holiday Hours

by Ashley Rhodes 19. December 2019 12:08

Some departments will be closed or have limited hours next week on Christmas Eve and Christmas 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 has a temporary new deadline to submit paperwork for payroll. Submit your paperwork no later than midnight on Monday, December 23 if you want to ensure you get paid on Friday, December 27. 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 Christmas Day.

DriverTech Help Desk will be open 7 a.m – 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas 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 Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day: 

·         Cleveland: Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

·         Duncan: 5 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Ellenwood: 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Irving: Closing at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Indianapolis: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Jackson: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Jacksonville: 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

·         Loudon: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day (shop tech will be on call)

·         Markham: Closing at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

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

·         Springfield: Closing at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

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

 

Have a safe and happy holidays!

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Technology Update: Report Trailers Needing Maintenance & More

by Ashley Rhodes 19. December 2019 10:27

We know you’ve got a tough job. That’s why we’re constantly looking for ways to make being a professional driver easier. Much of that has to do with the technology we supply in your truck, and we have some exciting updates for you.

Easily Report Trailers in Need of Maintenance:
There’s almost nothing worse than needing a trailer but only finding those that need maintenance. We would love to have your help in letting us know about those trailers, so we are making it easy for you to notify us of a broken down trailer in need of repair. This will speed up the process of getting the trailer repaired and back in working order for you.

If you come across a U.S. Xpress trailer in need of repair, simply select the new Report Trailer button on the Amenity Stop Options menu in your DriverTech Navigation.

From there you can tell us what the issue is with the trailer and any details our Maintenance team needs to get it fixed and back on the road.

New Alerts to Help with Your Load Service & Breaks:

A pop-up window will now alert you when you have stopped in an unsafe parking location. If you receive this alert, use the Amenity Stop Options in your DriverTech Navigation to find a nearby safe location to park (now featuring over 20k parking locations!).

A pop-up window will now alert you when you have stopped in an unapproved parking location that requires approval from that location’s manager. Call the phone number that appears in the window to avoid being booted or towed.

Are you getting ready to take a break after you complete a load? Your order information screen will now let you know (in bright green) if the customer has facilities on site and/or if they allow you to break there.

Running ahead of schedule? We don’t want to slow you down! Your order information screen and DriverTech Navigation will now feature a message (in bright green) if it is OK to pick up or deliver earlier than your scheduled appointment window.

We all know it is important to build positive relationships with our customers, especially when they are new to U.S. Xpress. You will now receive a pop-up message anytime you are running a load for a new customer. Be sure to immediately let your manager know of any service issues you encounter on these loads.

·      For your convenience and to improve accuracy, we’ve now automated a portion of your load data entry. Going forward the HOS BOL # (Order #) and the Trailer # will automatically populate on applicable Macros (3, 8, 15 and 38).

Questions about any of these updates? Please reach out to your manager. And look for more updates on other technology-based updates in the works.

Thanks for driving with us!

 

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Scan Your Trip Paperwork Easily & Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Ashley Rhodes 18. December 2019 11:13

We know driving is hard work, so why should paperwork be hard too? Now you can scan your trip paperwork directly from the easy-to-use Xpress Mobile app on your phone, anytime or anywhere. Skip the extra time at truck stops and service centers with the scanning feature on the Xpress Mobile app. 

It’s Easy.

Check out our video with easy instructions on how to scan and submit your trip paperwork right from your phone.

It’s Convenient.

Scan and view your paperwork from wherever is convenient for you.

It’s Instant.

Skip the lines for truck stop scanners and Xpress Scanning kiosks, and get back on the road sooner. You can scan immediately after your load is complete.

Have any questions? Please reach out to your Fleet Manager or Account Supervisor. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Visit www.USXpressway.com to register for a username, and then head to the App Store or Google Play to download the app.

Thanks for driving with us!

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Learn More About Winter Slip Hazards Now

by Ashley Rhodes 17. December 2019 15:15

Winter slip hazards are the leading cause of injuries in the trucking industry. These accidents are most likely to occur when entering and exiting your vehicle. Here are a few tips for preventing them:

• Use three points of contact when entering and exiting your vehicle.

• Keep grab bars and steps clean and debris-free.

• Wear proper footwear.

Stay safe this winter and learn more about preventing slip hazards by completing one of the topics in our Professional Driver Development Winter Training, Winter Slipping Hazards. 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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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 17. December 2019 13:50

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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Sign up for Electronic W-2 Before December 31

by Ashley Rhodes 16. December 2019 12:21

Sign up today to receive your W-2 electronically instead of waiting for it to be mailed to your home address.

Why sign up to get your W-2 electronically?

  • They’re more convenient. Electronic W-2s are delivered a few weeks earlier versus the paper mailed version (mailed on January 31, 2020; delivery time varies based on USPS). Also, they can be accessed from anywhere, which is great for drivers who would have to wait until home time to get their W-2s.
  • They can be downloaded directly into most at-home tax software, saving you time and hassle when you file your taxes.
  • They are more secure than paper W-2s. Electronic forms are delivered to an online account set up by you, whereas home mailbox theft is one of the leading factors in identity theft.

Did you sign up with ADP last year for your 2018 W-2? Great news: you don’t have to do anything! Simply login as early as January 17, 2020 with your username and password that you set up last year to view your W-2. Don’t remember your login? Use ADP’s “Forgot Your ID/Password?” feature to recover them.

New to ADP? Sign up for your electronic 2019 W-2 with these easy steps:

·         Go to https://my.adp.com.

·         Click “Register Now”.

·         Enter the Registration Code which is: USX-W2

·         Enter your Name and select “W2 Services” as the Service.

·         The following information is required for validation purposes:

o   The Tax Year which is 2019

o   Your U.S. Xpress Employee ID #   

o   Our Company Code which is NKY

o   Your Zip Code

o   Your Social Security Number

·         You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password. Your password should contain between 8 to 20 characters, and at least one alpha and one numeric character.

The deadline for registering to receive an electronic W-2 for 2018 is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

W-2s will be available online at https://my.adp.com as early as January 17, 2020.

Please note, once you have made the switch, you will no longer be mailed a hard copy of your W-2.

Not ready to make the switch this year? That’s ok! We advise that you confirm your correct home mailing address with HR in order to avoid your W-2 being lost or marked undeliverable.

Questions about your W-2? Please talk with your supervisor or call the U.S. Xpress Tax Hotline at 1-800-233-3864, ext. 7928.

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Make up to 30% More as a Certified Driver Trainer

by Ashley Rhodes 16. December 2019 11:20

There are many rewards to being a Certified Driver Trainer, from the gratitude of new drivers to making more money!

When you're a trainer with U.S. Xpress, you’ll receive $450 for completing the 3-day certification class, and then you get your solo rate of pay for all dispatched miles no matter who is driving. And, you’ll also get a $20/day stipend for each day the Student is on the truck available for dispatch. 

Once your student upgrades to a first seat driver, you’ll still get paid when your student completes various milestones: 

• $100 if the student successfully completes the backing test without additional training

• $100 if the student successfully completes the road test without additional training

• $150 if the student's HOS logs are complete and error-free

• $100 if you stay out with the student for the entire training period (no hotel costs incurred)

• $50 per month of the student’s safe driving (no preventable accidents, no CSA points, and no citations or violations) for 12 months following the student’s upgrade

• $150 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 6 months after upgrade

• $250 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 12 months after upgrade

There are paid training classes every Saturday - Monday in various locations. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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Helpful Tips for Driving in Snow or Ice

by Ashley Rhodes 15. December 2019 13:45

Whether you’re a new or seasoned professional driver, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with some guidelines about winter driving. Snow and ice can cause serious injury to you or other drivers on the road, and we want everyone to be safe out there. 

Here are some good tips to keep in mind when driving in winter conditions:

1. Make sure to check all weather forecasts along your route before leaving.

2. When snow or ice is present, make sure to maintain a slow but steady speed. Don’t use cruise control, and double your following distance. Also, avoid sudden changes in speed or direction, and keep your mirrors and windows clear.

3. Use extra caution when driving on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas because they freeze first.

4. Check your roof for snow and ice buildup before hitting the road. Both can increase your overall height and affect your clearance.

5. Always brake cautiously and avoid abrupt stops. During emergency stops, push brake pedal to floor.

6. Use tire chains and cables when required.

As always, if road conditions are hazardous (snow, ice, and wind) and you cannot safely drive, park your truck and send a satcom message to your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor as soon as possible.

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Shout Out to Certified Driver Trainer Tony P.

by Ashley Rhodes 14. December 2019 14:34

Certified Driver Trainers like Tony P. are crucial to ensuring that our drivers are equipped with the knowledge and experience they need to get behind the wheel. When you're a trainer with U.S. Xpress, you’ll receive $450 for completing the 3-day certification class, and then you get your solo rate of pay for all dispatched miles no matter who is driving. And, you’ll also get a $20/day stipend for each day the Student is on the truck available for dispatch.

Once your student upgrades to a first seat driver, you’ll still get paid when your student completes various milestones:

• $100 if the student successfully completes the backing test without additional training

• $100 if the student successfully completes the road test without additional training

• $150 if the student's HOS logs are complete and error-free

• $100 if you stay out with the student for the entire training period (no hotel costs incurred)

• $50 per month of the student’s safe driving (no preventable accidents, no CSA points, and no citations or violations) for 12 months following the student’s upgrade

• $150 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 6 months after upgrade

• $250 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 12 months after upgrade

There are paid training classes every Saturday - Monday in various locations. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

If you're interested in the rewards of being a trainer, there are paid classes every Sat - Mon. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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