Make. More. Money.

by Ashley Rhodes 26. June 2020 13:00

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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Complete Your Summer 2020 Training Assignments by September 11, 2020

by Ashley Rhodes 25. June 2020 13:47

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 five assignments by September 11, 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 summer, we’re focusing on the following topics:

• TirePass Program

• Blue Beacon Truck Wash Program

• Heat Training

• Gearing Up with Tony – This story-based training will cover topics including Extreme Driving Conditions, Collision Avoidance, Backing, and Docking.

• Gearing Up with Tripp Wheeler – This story-based training will cover topics including Basic Control, External Event Recorders, Extreme Driving Conditions, Speed Management, Space Management, Passing, Lane Changes, Collision Avoidance, Emergency Maneuvers, Hazard Perception, the Risk Zone, and Safety Cushions.

 

You can complete all five 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.

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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Essential Worker Letter Available in the Xpress Mobile App

by Ashley Rhodes 24. June 2020 13:41

As many cities and states are on still on lockdown as the threat of COVID-19 grows in the United States, only “essential workers” are permitted to be out on the roads. 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 (http://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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COVID-19 Road Team Tips with Jerry Martin

by Ashley Rhodes 23. June 2020 16:51

Jerry Martin is one of our amazing Road Team Captains and Solo OTR Trainers. He’s been with U.S. Xpress for nearly 9 years, during which he’s experienced many things.

From unique deliveries and traffic issues, to beautiful scenery and everything in between, he’s seen a lot. But he never expected to be facing the challenges of driving during a national pandemic.

We recently asked Jerry what it’s been like out there:

 

USX: How busy has it been for you in the past few months?

JM: It’s been very busy. I’ve been working 6+ days a week to keep up with the demands of the Walmart store volumes. In just 4 weeks I’ve logged over 10,000 miles and delivered to more than 65 stores.

In an average week I deliver up to 15 stores and come in contact with between 40-50 people. So, I’m obviously more mindful of the needed preventive measures to try and protect my health.

 

USX: What have been your biggest concerns being on the frontlines?

JM: This is a scary time, especially since we’re dealing with a threat we can’t see. And with three boys, ages 13, 6 and 3, there’s always the concern of passing something along to them.

But despite the worries, I’ve also felt pride being on the front lines and keeping America moving.

 

USX: With the growing attention of and appreciation for drivers, have you experienced anything different?

JM: Yes. Customers and everyone I’ve encountered have been very kind and helpful.

I had a delivery in El Campo, Texas where the store manager paid for me and my student’s food. And it’s been motivating to hear all the thank-you’s and see the great signs along the road.

 

USX: What have you missed most because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders?

JM: I’ve missed being able to move around more freely and getting a hot cooked meal on the road.

 

USX: Do you have any words for fellow drivers or others in transportation roles?

JM: In this Industry you get out of it what you put into it – even during a pandemic. And always remember safety first.

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Reminder: Staying Safe on the Road During COVID-19

by Ashley Rhodes 23. June 2020 14:52

We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 since March. We now know, though it’s still important to wash your hands and keep your surroundings disinfected, the main way the virus spreads is through human contact. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) writes:

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that vipeople who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

As a Professional Truck Driver working on the frontlines of this pandemic, we know social distancing isn’t always an option for you. But the virus is still on the rise in many states and cities throughout the country. So, to help keep you safe and healthy on the road, please follow the following CDC recommendations:

• Wash your hands often: Though human contact is the primary way the virus spreads, touching your face with unwashed hands after touching a contaminated surface can also cause you to get sick. Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If a sink isn’t accessible, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. 

• Clean and disinfect: The virus can live on surfaces for hours, if not days, depending on the conditions. Wipe down frequently touched items with a household disinfectant, sanitizing wipe, or soap and water. 

• Use a face covering when around others: You may have the virus and be able to spread it to others even if you don’t feel sick. To help protect other people in case you are infected, wear a cloth or reusable face covering that covers both your nose and mouth whenever you’re around others. 

• Cover coughs and sneezes: Particularly if you don’t have a face covering, always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Inhaling these particles is the primary way the virus is spreading so this is vital in protecting those around you even if you don’t feel sick.

Remember, we have hand sanitizer, disinfectant, refillable spray bottles, and face coverings at all of our terminals and Dedicated locations. Be sure to pick up whatever you need to help keep you safe.

For more information on staying healthy and stopping the spread of the virus, visit the CDC’s website (www.cdc.gov

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A Recap of Last Week’s Virtual Town Hall with Matt Herndon

by Ashley Rhodes 22. June 2020 17:00

On Tuesday, June 16th, Chief Operating Officer Matt Herndon hosted a virtual town hall meeting for U.S. Xpress drivers on Zoom. Many of you submitted your questions for Matt early through social media or email, which he addressed during the meeting.

If you were unable to attend live, this recording is now available to view at your convenience in the Xpress Mobile App News and on www.usxpressway.com.

Thank you for driving with us and for working so hard to help keep our country moving. Stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we’re here for you.

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

by Ashley Rhodes 21. June 2020 12:04

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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Are You a Certified Trucker Against Trafficking?

by Ashley Rhodes 20. June 2020 12:02

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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Team Member Update: COVID-19

by Ashley Rhodes 19. June 2020 11:30

With many of our team members, particularly drivers, unable to self-quarantine, we have had 41 team members fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. But we’re happy to say, many of them are back to work and feeling great. The others, though a few are in the hospital, are stable and recovering quickly. Our thoughts are with all of them and we look forward to having them back in action.

As always, please continue to take as many possible precautions to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of the virus.

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Essential Worker Letter Available in the Xpress Mobile App

by Ashley Rhodes 18. June 2020 12:00

As many cities and states are on lockdown as the threat of COVID-19 grows in the United States, only “essential workers” are permitted to be out on the roads. 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 (http://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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