Help Us Help You! Rate our 40,000 Parking Locations.

by Miranda Brooks 13. October 2020 09:05

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

Our goal is to ultimately provide you with the best possible suggestions for parking locations on your route, so we need your feedback! When you visit one of these 40,000 parking locations, please take a few minutes to rate your experience based on the following categories:

  • Safety
  • Cleanliness
  • Lighting 
  • Ease of Accessibility 
  • Lot Fullness

Coming soon, your ratings will be used to create average driver ratings for each location, so that you will be able to view how your fellow drivers have rated a suggested parking location before you select it. Your ratings on these locations will help us provide you with the best future suggestions, fueled by your collective feedback.

If you have any questions about locating or rating parking in your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

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Professional Driver Development: Hours of Service

by Miranda Brooks 12. October 2020 10:07

With recent changes in Hours of Service, you may need a refresher. We have you covered. As part of your Fall/Winter Professional Driver Development, you’ll find a cheat sheet of all things HOS, including limits, breaks, and how to send e-logs to an enforcement officer during an inspection.

 

You can easily access it and the rest of your fall/winter training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by November 13th.

 

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

 

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

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DYK: You Can Get a FREE Wash Every Month!

by Miranda Brooks 11. October 2020 15:01

Did you know U.S. Xpress company drivers can wash their trucks and trailers for free every 28 days/4 weeks at any U.S. Xpress shop or Blue Beacon location? It’s true.

 

For Blue Beacon washes, all you need to do is pull up to a location, provide your truck number, show your CDL and sign a wash ticket. The wash includes a cab wash as well as a trailer wash. We highly encourage you to wash the trailer while you’re at it – don’t worry, that’s free too. Please note, you must show your CDL and sign in.

 

If you have any questions about your free truck wash, contact the XRA/Breakdown Department at 844-879-7737 option 4, then option 2.

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Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 10. October 2020 15:00

Now more than ever, our physical health is extremely important. But in difficult times like these, mental health is just as important. 

 

We have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that gives you the tools and resources you need to help deal with life’s challenges – any time, day or night. 

 

It provides valuable services focused on a range of concerns, including finding elder or child care, educational information about everyday topics, and ways to improve your emotional health and wellness. 

 

Though the program, licensed professionals are available to provide confidential support and guidance by phone to assist with concerns, such as: 

• Managing stress 

• Handling relationship issues 

• Balancing work and life 

• Quitting tobacco, alcohol or drug use 

• Caring for children or aging parents 

• Dealing with conflict or violence 

• Working through grief and loss issues 

• Controlling depression and anxiety 

 

EAP is available to you and your family 24/7 by phone at 1-800-854-1446 or online at unum.com/lifebalance.

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Instant Cash Advance Coming Your Way

by Miranda Brooks 9. October 2020 14:57

Right now, when it comes to a cash advance, it can take a while to get a cash amount request approved. But not anymore! Starting Monday, October 5, 2020, we’re automating the process to make it quicker and easier than ever.

 

All you have to do is enter a Macro 50 to immediately receive a $50 cash advance (the average amount we see requested) from your next paycheck.  that is instantly approved by an automated backend process. 

 

The pre-approved $50 advance can be taken once a week, with the week running Monday to Sunday. If you ever need more than $50, we still have you covered. Just contact your manager directly to make the additional request. If you’re qualified, they’ll be able to review and approve your additional cash advance. 

 

Keep in mind, if you submit a subsequent Macro 50 for the additional advance amount within the same week, the request will be automatically declined by the system. In that case, again, just reach out to your manager for assistance. 

 

We hope you find the update helpful! 

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 8. October 2020 09:12

As you likely know, with the introduction of a 2018 tax law, you may 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  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.

 

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It’s Vacation Time!

by Miranda Brooks 7. October 2020 10:47

We have an exciting new update to your benefits that we think you're going to love.

Starting October 1, 2020, if you're a U.S. Xpress Company Driver who's not already covered under a Dedicated vacation plan, you'll receive vacation time after being with U.S. Xpress for one year! And the longer you're with us, the more vacation you get. 

​Be on the lookout for a direct communication that will detail how these changes specifically affect you.

Thanks for all your hard work. You deserve a little vacation time. 

 

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Check Your Pay Status Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Miranda Brooks 6. October 2020 11:19

We know driving is hard work, so we’re making it easy to check your pay status quickly and conveniently with the Xpress Mobile app. Simply select Payroll in the app’s menu, then select “Pay Status” to view your payroll information on trips missing paperwork, trips pending payment, and current mileage rate and bonuses. 

 

Have any questions? Please reach out to your manager. 

 

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

 

Thanks for driving with us!

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Professional Driver Development: Extreme Winter Driving

by Miranda Brooks 5. October 2020 10:40

Even for safe, experienced drivers, driving in the snow, mountains, or construction zones isn’t always easy. In fact, driving under any of those conditions can be extremely dangerous. As part of your Professional Driver Development, we have all the tips, tricks, and reminders for staying safe no matter what your route brings.

 

You can easily access “Extreme Weather Driving” and the rest of your fall/winter training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by November 13th.

 

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

 

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team  at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

As always, thanks for driving with us, and stay safe out there!

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

by Miranda Brooks 4. October 2020 11:16
If you've thought about college for you or your children, check out Full Ride - our free college program.
 
Full Ride offers a 100% paid college education for U.S. Xpress company drivers and their dependents ages 17-26. From liberal arts to business, there are dozens of degrees available so you and your kids can take whatever path you'd like.  And U.S. Xpress will pay all costs including tuition, fees, and books, while you continue earning as 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 driver, 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 dependents age 17-26 years or you 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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