Driver Appreciation Week Is Here!

by Miranda Brooks 13. September 2020 09:36

You all do a great job every week (every day for that matter), but September 13th through 19th is particularly special when it comes to celebrating everything you do. It's Driver Appreciation Week!

In past years we've been able to get together to celebrate, but as you all know, this year is a little bit different. Instead of getting together in person, we have a few special virtual events and surprises just for you:

  • Million Miler Event: We’re celebrating our most recent Million Milers on Facebook Live Tuesday September 15th at 2pm EDT. Tune in for a chance to win some prizes and celebrate some of our most dedicated team members
  • Travis Denning Concert: Country music star Travis Denning is performing a private concert just for U.S. Xpress drivers on September 17th at 7pm EDT
  • Giveaways: Every hour, on the hour, we’ll be giving out a gift card! Check our Facebook or Instagram stories to see who’s won
  • Grand Prize: Three lucky U.S. Xpress drivers will be taking home $1,500 cash! We’ll announce the winners on our Facebook and Instagram pages at the end of the week
  • Special Gift: If you haven’t already, you’ll be receiving a U.S. Xpress cooler in the mail as a small token of our appreciation for all your hard work.

We're looking forward to spending this week recognizing your hard work and thanking you for everything you're doing for our country and company, today and always. Thank you, drivers!

 

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Need to Weigh a Load? Locate a Scale from your DriverTech.

by Miranda Brooks 12. September 2020 09:25

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

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

 

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Coming Soon: Vacation Time for All Company Drivers

by Miranda Brooks 11. September 2020 09:18

All U.S. Xpress Company Drivers will be eligible for vacation time starting on October 1. Stay tuned for more info!

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by Miranda Brooks 11. September 2020 09:12

132 U.S. Xpress team members have now tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. We’re happy to say, some of them are doing well and back in action. But for those who are still positive, we’re wishing them a speedy recovery and hope to see them back at work soon. 

As always, for the sake of your health, that of your teammates, and to help stop the spread of the virus, remember to take these CDC-recommended precautions:

  • According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period, so maintain social distancing as much as possible.
  • Wear a face covering whenever you are outside your truck. Remember, if you’re going into any of our facilities, we are requiring masks when you’re in shared spaces.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis including your phone, DriverTech unit, and door handles.

 

Thanks for your hard work keeping our country rolling, especially during this time. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and keep up the good work.

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Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 10. September 2020 10:19

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

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.

Through 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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CVSA’s Roadcheck Is Here!

by Miranda Brooks 9. September 2020 08:18

As many of you know, today is the first day of The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) International Roadcheck. Over the next three days, DOT officials are conducting inspections with an emphasis on driver requirements, including top violations like:

  • Failure to use a seat belt
  • Record of duty status violations (general/form and manner)
  • Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate
  • False report of record of duty status
  • Operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL
  • ELD – No record of duty status
  • No medical certificate
  • Record of duty status not current
  • Failing to maintain supply of blank records of duty status graph grids
  • Failing to maintain ELD instruction sheet

We know you’re a safe driver all the time, but to keep you prepped for your inspection, here are some important safety reminders:

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

·        Know how to access and show your ELD records to DOT officers. You can do it right from your mobile device! Here's how:

    • Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.
    • Step 2: Open WiFi settings.
    • Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network, using "DT" followed by your personal device number.
    • Step 4: Enter "drivertech" as your password.
    • 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.)

·        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.

·        Know basic Hours of Service (HOS) regulations:

    • 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 to reset 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 sleeper berth.

·        Conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.​

Roadcheck will last through Friday, September 11th.

As always, thanks for your dedication to safety and to U.S. Xpress. Stay safe out there and have a great week.

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Need to Fuel Up? Locate a Fuel Stop from your DriverTech.

by Miranda Brooks 8. September 2020 08:08

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

If you have any questions about locating a fuel stop from your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

 

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CVSA’s Roadcheck Is Coming up September 9th-11th

by Miranda Brooks 7. September 2020 08:15

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place September 9-11 this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles. This year’s emphasis is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection.

What You Need to Know:
During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL, medical card or waiver, and the record of duty status (e-log), and any supporting documents. Inspectors will be checking for the top driver-related violations, including:

  • Failure to use a seat belt
  • Record of duty status violations (general/form and manner)
  • Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate
  • False report of record of duty status
  • Operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL
  • ELD – No record of duty status
  • No medical certificate
  • Record of duty status not current
  • Failing to maintain supply of blank records of duty status graph grids
  • Failing to maintain ELD instruction sheet

We know you’re safe drivers every day, but here are a few safety reminders to keep you prepared: 

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

Know how to access and show your ELD records to DOT officers. You can do it right from your mobile device! Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.
  • Step 2: Open WiFi settings.
  • Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network, using “DT” followed by your personal device number.
  • Step 4: Enter “drivertech” as your password.
  • 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.)

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.

Know basic Hours of Service (HOS) regulations:

  • 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 to reset 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 sleeper berth.

Conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

Thanks for your hard work and your dedication to safety. Have a great week.

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Check Your Pay Status Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Miranda Brooks 6. September 2020 08:09

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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Driver Appreciation Week Is Coming Up!

by Miranda Brooks 5. September 2020 10:09

You all do a great job every week (every day for that matter), but September 13th through 19th is particularly special when it comes to celebrating everything you do. It’s Driver Appreciation Week!

In past years we’ve been able to get together to celebrate, but as you all know, this year is a little bit different. Since we can’t gather, instead we have a few special virtual events and surprises just for you, including an online concert by country music star Travis Denning.

Stay tuned to our social media pages and your Xpress Mobile App News for details on other events like our Million Miler celebration and various giveaways where three of you could take home $1,500 cash! 

We’re looking forward to spending this week recognizing your hard work and thanking you for everything you’re doing for our country and company, today and always.

 

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