Professional Driver Development: Heat Training

by Miranda Brooks 6. May 2021 10:14

As it keeps warming up all over the country, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can cause more than discomfort. Heat-related illnesses can cause a wide range of symptoms with different severities and can even be life-threatening. It’s important to know your limits and be aware of common symptoms and remedies to help keep you safe.

To learn more, watch the Heat Training video as part of your Professional Driver Development training. You can easily access it and the rest of your 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 May 30th, 2021.

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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2021 CVSA Roadcheck: What You Need to Know

by Miranda Brooks 5. May 2021 09:10

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 4th – 6th this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, with an emphasis on lighting and hours of service.

During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL and the previous eight days of your e-logs. Additionally, inspectors will be checking the following critical components:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels, rims, and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If you continue using the same safe driving practices you always do, you should have no problem. But a few reminders never hurt anyone, so be sure to:

1.      Practice common-sense safety habits, like wearing a seat belt, or if you have restrictions on your license for corrective lenses, make sure you’re wearing them while behind the wheel.

2.      Know how to access and show/transmit your ELD records to your mobile device. It’s easy:

·        Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.

·        Step 2: Open WiFi settings.

·        Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be called “DT” followed by your personal device number.

·        Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.

·        Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect, so be patient.

3.      Ensure the “Roadside Inspection Guide,” the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide,” and a supply of blank paper logs are always in your permit book.

4.      Familiarize yourself with basic Hours of Service regulations, including:

·        11 hours is the maximum allowed time for driving per day.  

·        14 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work per day. 

·        A 10-hour break is required after 11 hours driving or 14 hours on duty.

·        A 30-minute rest break is required within the first 8 hours on duty.

·        70 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work in an 8-day period.

·        A 34-hour break is required after 70 hours of on-duty (driving and non-driving work) over an 8-day period.

·        8 hours of your 10-hour break may be spent in the sleeper berth.

5.      Always conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

 

Thanks for helping keep our roads safe.

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Professional Driver Development: Blue Beacon Truck Wash Program

by Miranda Brooks 4. May 2021 10:35

Is your truck ready for a wash?

With the Blue Beacon Truck Wash program, company drivers can get tractors, trailers, or both washed once every 28 days – and we’ll pay for it!

Owner-operators are also welcomed to take advantage of the program with unlimited washes. Each wash will be paid for initially by U.S. Xpress then billed back to you at a later date.

Get details on the Blue Beacon Truck Wash Program as part of your Professional Driver Development training. You can easily access it and the rest of your 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 May 30th, 2021.

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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2021 CVSA Roadcheck: What You Need to Know

by Miranda Brooks 3. May 2021 15:51

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 4th – 6th this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, with an emphasis on lighting and hours of service.

Check out this video for more info from our Safety Team: https://vimeo.com/543731903/1fbd278fdd

During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL and the previous eight days of your e-logs. Additionally, inspectors will be checking the following critical components:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels, rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If you continue to use the same safe driving practices you always do, you should have no problem. But a few reminders never hurt anyone, so be sure to:

  1. Practice common-sense safety habits, like wearing a seat belt, or if you have restrictions on your license for corrective lenses, make sure you’re wearing them while behind the wheel.
  2. Know how to access and show/transmit your ELD records to your mobile device. It’s easy:
    • Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.
    • Step 2: Open WiFi settings.
    • Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be called “DT” followed by your personal device number.
    • Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.
    • Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect, so be patient.
  3. Ensure the “Roadside Inspection Guide,” the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide,” and a supply of blank paper logs are always in your permit book.
  4. Familiarize yourself with basic Hours of Service regulations, including:
    • 11 hours is the maximum allowed time for driving per day.  
    • 14 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work per day. 
    • A 10-hour break is required after 11 hours of driving or 14 hours on duty.
    • A 30-minute rest break is required within the first 8 hours on duty.
    • 70 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work in an 8-day period.
    • A 34-hour break is required after 70 hours of on-duty (driving and non-driving work) over an 8-day period.
  5. 8 hours of your 10-hour break may be spent in the sleeper berth.

Always conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

Thanks for helping keep our roads safe. 

 

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Send in Your #Truckies for the May Social Media Photo Contest

by Miranda Brooks 2. May 2021 10:07

We love seeing your photos from the road, so we're holding a monthly photography contest! Send us your best #truckies for a chance to win a $50 paycheck bonus. And you just might see your photography featured on our Facebook, Instagram, Service Center TV screens, and more. This month, we'll compile your submissions and let you pick the winner by voting for your favorite on Facebook and Instagram.

Here's how it works:

Starting now, submit your photos by the last day of each month in 2021 through our Facebook page by visiting https://www.facebook.com/USXpressDrivers/ or email your photos to us at usxcommunications@usxpress.com.

Voting will open at the beginning of the following month on Facebook and Instagram.

The photo that receives the most votes ("Likes") wins!

We can't wait to see your photos!

 

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COVID Vaccine: What You Should Know

by Miranda Brooks 1. May 2021 10:01

Though we encourage everyone to get the COVID vaccine, we understand you may still have questions. To help answer them, we recently welcomed Dr. Andrea Willis, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, to join us for a virtual Town Hall. If you are still having second thoughts about receiving the shot, take a look at some of these highlights.

https://vimeo.com/529515087/6a6f57931e 

If you have not already received the vaccine, signing up is easy. To find a convenient location administering the shot, visit www.vaccinefinder.org. Once you choose a location, you can schedule an appointment during your next home time or PTO.

In the meantime, be sure to continue following all CDC recommendations to help keep yourself as well as your friends, families, teammates, and neighbors safe. 

If you feel ill or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested as soon as possible and watch carefully for a fever (100.4◦F), cough, loss of smell, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

To get tested for the virus, visit a nearby state or county health department’s website for testing updates and restrictions. Keep in mind, some areas require you to be a state or county resident to be tested. The CDC offers a great resource to find that information.

Remember, you are still required to wear a face-covering at any U.S. Xpress facility, including all offices, shops, terminals, and Dedicated locations. We also urge you to take breaks in your cab (when possible) instead of using driver lounges or other shared spaces.

It’s been a long road, but we’re happy to say, with the increased availability of vaccines, we are getting closer and closer to the other side of the pandemic every day.

 

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Document Expiration Notifications in DriverTech

by Miranda Brooks 30. April 2021 09:44

As a Professional Driver, we know that you understand the importance of keeping your credentials up to date is crucial. To support you, we’ve made some updates to DriverTech that will notify you when your documents are close to being expired and will schedule automatic home time for you once you’re within 3 days of having an expired document so that you can address any issues prior to your expiration.

  • Credentials include, but are not limited to:
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Medical Card/Physical
  • Annual DOT Review (mac 58)
  • USX HAZMAT training

If you’ve received a notification through DriverTech that you have a document expiring soon, please make arrangements to get any necessary renewal and make sure that you’ve provided a copy of the renewed document to your manager at least 3 days prior to the document’s expiration date. Remember, you will automatically be routed to home time 3 days prior to the expiration to ensure that you have the time and availability to address any issues. To avoid this, renew your documents prior to that timeframe. Please reach out to your manager if you have questions.

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Life as a Mom on the Road

by Miranda Brooks 29. April 2021 10:49

In the most recent episode of Inside the Lane, you’ll hear from Professional Drivers Donita Snell and Nancy Stewart, a mother/daughter team. In honor of Mother’s Day (it’s coming up!), they’ll talk all about what it’s like to be a mom and a professional driver.

You’ll also hear from Jonathan Pennington, another U.S. Xpress Professional Truck Driver who recently graduated with a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management through our Full Ride Program. He discusses his experience with the program and his big plans to use his degree in the future.

As always, we’ll also have some trucker trivia, company news, and of course, a chance for driers to win a clean inspection giveaway!

Tune in now and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode.

https://inside-the-lane.simplecast.com/episodes/mothers-who-drive

 

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Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 28. April 2021 10:03

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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Professional Driver Development: Gearing up with Tony

by Miranda Brooks 27. April 2021 09:52

As many of you know, extreme heat can be dangerous to drive in if you aren’t checking your truck before hitting the road. Particularly in the summer, you should always check your engine belt, fluid levels, oil levels and temperature, hoses, and tire pressure as part of your pre-trip inspection.  

Learn more about summer safety, including information about your Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation System, and weight restrictions, in the “Gearing Up with Tony” module of your Professional Driver Development training.

You can find all your spring trailing 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 May 30th, 2021.

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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