Xpress Times: April Edition

by Miranda Brooks 26. April 2021 10:17

The April edition of Xpress Times is here. This month, we’ve got information about the upcoming CVSA Roadcheck, your Spring Professional Driver Development training, our partnership with Warrior Freedom Service Dogs, and, in honor of Earth Month, how we’re helping improve our sustainability efforts. Check it out!   https://bit.ly/3sRF1Rv 

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Congrats to March’s Drivers & Trainer of the Month!

by Miranda Brooks 25. April 2021 16:36

We think all U.S. Xpress drivers are some of the best Professional Truck Drivers out there. Every day they're helping support the supply chain and keeping everyone in the country going.

But we want to recognize a specific few who have been beyond relentless. These drivers were nominated by their managers and chosen as winners by company leadership based on their outstanding safety records, hours of service compliance, and overall good reputation. Each of them will be recognized with a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and an entry to become the 2021 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

Now let's get to it! March’s winners are:

James B. – Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month

"James does an excellent job for the Target Lugoff account. He is always willing to switch up his loads, even at the last minute, in order to cover loads that the customer added. James has saved several service failures by agreeing to take loads that deliver at 0700 in the morning when we were unable to find other drivers willing to accept the loads." – Kevin Haskins, Account Supervisor

Senora W. & Korey B. – Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month

“Korey and Senora are a valuable duo for U.S. Xpress. They are a hard-working team and drivers that I can trust that if they say they can get it done, there are no questions or doubts that it will be done with 110% effort. I couldn't ask for a better team to be running for us on the Dedicated side. I've had the pleasure to get to know them since I took over the account last year, and they well deserve to be drivers of the month with their dedication and hard work they put into their careers day in and day out.” – Andrew Brownell, Transportation Supervisor

Michael B. – Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month

"Mike is a great driver to have working for us. He always is eager to work and will run anything and everything. We are fortunate to have him." – Greg Earle, Account Supervisor

Demon B. – Dedicated Owner Operator of the Month

"Demon is an excellent driver who keeps safety and his customer as his priority. Demon is relentless and always on time with his freight and work. I am happy to be working alongside Demon and his work ethic." – Mike DeLeon, Transportation Supervisor

Ezequiel N. – OTR Solo Driver of the Month

"Ezequiel is one of the best! He is on the Tractor Supply tour loads and is a true asset to the account. Ezequiel has an amazing service record and communicates with any issues ASAP. He is always willing to help out any time if needed. He is a true asset to this account, and this company! " – Nick Hammons, Operations Manager

Kenneth B. & Kevin C. – OTR Team Drivers of the Month

"Kenneth and Kevin are great about keeping a tight schedule. They always make sure freight is picked up and delivered on time." – Phyllis Overla, Team Fleet Manager

Corey R. – OTR Owner Operator of the Month

"Corey is a very helpful driver, always willing to do what is best in every circumstance. His communication level is excellent, and we could not ask for a better contractor to work with!" – Kelsey Hood, Operations Manager

James G. – Trainer of the Month

"Since my tenure here with U.S. Xpress Dedicated, James has been what you call an exceptional Driver/Trainer. He is very outgoing and always does what’s asked without question. He has trained many students who have also been successful with the company. I thank James kindly for his hard work and dedication to U.S. Xpress, and I am grateful for having him on our team."  – Greg Glover, Account Supervisor

 

Join us in giving a big congratulations to all these drivers for their hard work, dedication, and relentless attitude as they help keep us rolling.

 

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

by Miranda Brooks 24. April 2021 11:14

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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National Volunteer Month Celebration- Meet Tunnel Hill Service Center Manager, Billy Owens

by Miranda Brooks 23. April 2021 11:09

As we continue our celebration of National Volunteer Month we're excited to recognize Service Center Manager, Billy Owens for the work he does with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society.  

Billy has volunteered with HES for 3 years and is currently focused on animal enrichment. From walking dogs to preparing cat treats, Billy's work has a positive impact on the lives of all animals he interacts with and we're proud to have him on our team. Thanks Billy, for all that you do!

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Truckers Against Trafficking

by Miranda Brooks 22. April 2021 09:23

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.

Once you’re in the Learning System, look for “Truckers Against Trafficking” in your list of assignments, and click on the video. 

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We’re Partnering with Warrior Freedom Service Dogs

by Miranda Brooks 21. April 2021 11:34

Depending on the branch, years served, and in what capacity, it’s estimated that anywhere from 11 to 30% of military veterans experience post-traumatic stress following their service. One way to help those struggling can be through the assistance of a service dog. That’s why we’ve partnered with Chattanooga-area non-profit organization, Warrior Freedom Service Dogs – a group dedicated to connecting combat veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress to trained service dogs, rescued from area animal shelters, free of charge.

 

With such a large percentage of our team members having served in the military, we’re excited to be getting involved. In addition to a monetary donation towards dog training, we’re providing a range of in-kind multimedia and communications services, including the development of virtual training content to reach more veterans. Ultimately, the goal is to help train and match more dogs and veterans, identify fundraising and awareness opportunities with company team members, and even help with raising puppies and weekend fostering.

 

Check out this video to learn more about the organization and how to get involved. https://vimeo.com/537265925


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Professional Driver Development: Gearing up with Jesse

by Miranda Brooks 20. April 2021 09:16

“Gearing up with Jesse,” a story-based module of your spring training, will cover all kinds of things, including basic control, extreme driving conditions, speed management, space management, passing and lane changes, collision avoidance, emergency maneuvers, hazard perception and more.

To access the video and the rest of your Professional Driver Development training just visit 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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Inside Full Ride with Jonathan Pennington

by Miranda Brooks 19. April 2021 09:46

Say hello to Jonathan Pennington, our most recent Full Ride graduate.

What is Full Ride?  It’s a program offering free online college tuition for drivers, technicians, and their dependents. But Jonathan didn’t just stop with a 4-year degree. He took the next step, putting in the time and effort to graduate with a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management.

Here’s what he had to say about the experience. https://vimeo.com/536339035 

Interested in earning a degree or sending a dependent through college with the Full Ride program? This is the time to do it!  We’ll pay for tuition, fees, and books, while you continue earning as a driver with us. There’s 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 degree.

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.”

 

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Refer a Driver and Earn Extra Cash Today!

by Miranda Brooks 18. April 2021 17:47

Did you know that you can earn extra money just by referring a driver? Last month, we paid out over $70,000 in bonuses to drivers who made a qualified referral. Don't miss your chance to earn some extra cash today!

Right now, if you’re a company driver, you can refer any new hire (not a previous U.S. Xpress driver), and earn some cold hard cash:

  • $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver.
  • $4,000 for every experienced Team.

You’ll receive your bonus once the 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.

Now it’s easier than ever to refer a driver. Just text “Refer” to (423) 436-9588 and our virtual assistant will guide you through the rest, making sure your reference is contacted and, if hired, you get paid. 

​Thanks for your help! We can’t wait to meet all the great drivers you bring to the table. 

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Blue Beacon Partnership- Get a Free Truck Wash!

by Miranda Brooks 17. April 2021 17:46

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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